Dryland wheat is grown on 1.7 million hectares area in rain fed tract of Punjab and is considered as a major food security commodity in the region. The statistics showed wheat yields are low in these areas due to climatic constraints and as such farmers are conservative in use of inputs (Punjab Development Statistics, 2013). Long-term winter season (October-April) rainfall is 209 mm against minimum water requirement of 375-450 mm. Wheat faces early season drought with no rainfall during 70-100 days after its sowing followed by terminal drought during grain filling stage. Drought tolerant crop varieties help to cope this issue. BARI has a small team of wheat scientists who have developed 9 promising cultivars since establishment.
Wheat Yield in core dryland area
Wheat Varieties Developed by BARI (Yield potential >60 maunds/acre)
Drought Tolerance Characters