Central Queensland growers now have a new, high yielding desi chickpea available for their pulse rotations, following the launch today of the new variety Moti.
Speaking at the launch of the new variety in Emerald in Central Queensland, Acting General Manager, AWB Seeds, Roger Tripathi said the release of Moti was exciting news for CQ growers.
"Moti has proven to be a top performer in the dryland and irrigated farming system of Central Queensland, and is well suited to the region’s heavy clay and alluvial soils," Mr Tripathi said.
"In that environment it has demonstrated significant yield advantage over other cultivars," Mr Tripathi said.
Moti was developed by the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia with assistance from Queensland Department of Primary Industries. It was officially launched today by key breeder Dr Tanveer Khan, from the Department of Agriculture, WA.
Dr Khan said with a large seed, Moti was well suited to international flour and splitting markets, and has good ‘dhal’ quality for traditional markets in the sub-continent.
"Moti is a word widely used in the Indian Subcontinent that translates to "pearl", and we believe that Moti is a "pearler" of a chickpea variety which will appeal to those markets," Mr Khan said.
Also attending the launch was Department of Agriculture WA Commercialisation Officer Tresslyn Walmsley, who acknowledged the crucial role played by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries in getting this exciting variety into farmers’ hands.
A short season variety, Moti flowers seven to twelve days earlier than full-season varieties and is ready for harvest one week earlier, ideal for Central Queensland.
The variety does not offer improved levels of disease resistance, and as such, will not be available for use outside Central Queensland.
For more information, growers can contact their local AWB Seednet partner, Galleon Grains, or AWB Seeds directly on 1800 054 433.