Pomegranate ‘SUPER BHAGWA’
Pomegranate (ANAR) is a high value fruit crop generally grown in arid and semi-arid regions of the country. It is highly valued for its nutritive and medicinal properties being rich in vitamin C, potassium and anti-oxidants.
‘SUPER BHAGWA’ is an elite pomegranate preferred by growers in the major growing areas of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. It is an improved selection over ‘Bhagwa’ released by MPKV, Rahuri in 2013 with larger fruits, attractive red skin and deep red arils, more juice content and higher TSS. ‘SUPER BHAGWA’ is a high yielder, well suited for the topography and agro-climate of arid and semi-arid regions with high value export quality fruits.
The company adopts a unique micro-cutting based micropropagation technology for the rapid multiplication of pomegranate with better assurance of clonal fidelity. Micropropagated pomegranate plants do not show extended juvenility which is an issue during continuous tissue-culture propagation. The plants come to flowering within one year of field planting. Fertile flower production picks up from second year, and the commercial crop is advised from the third year. Micropropagated ‘Super Bhagwa’ is also suitable for terrace cultivation in grow bags, and for high density orcharding.
‘SUPER BHAGWA’ plants are supplied as ready-to-plant polybag plants of 10-12” height to the farmers. Alternatively, primary hardened rooted plants of 3-6” are supplied in small polybags (10×4 cm) which are very cost-effective and easily transported, or even couriered. Such primary-hardened plants can be transplanted easily to bigger bags by farmers themselves or nursery men.