The Performance of Kavuni Rice in the Western zone of Tamil Nadu
Professor (Agronomy), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore – 641003Corresponding author mail ID: email@example.com
Received: 25th February 2020; Accepted: 30th May 2020
Field experiments were carried out at wetland farms of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore during Navarai and Samba seasons with Red Kavuni and Black Kavuni rice which is indigenous and medicinal rice type to find the feasibility of cultivation of Kavuni rice under irrigated rice ecosystem in the western zone of Tamil Nadu. Red Kavuni and Black Kavuni recorded grain yield of 3,171 and 2,576 kg ha-1 respectively. Red Kavuni recorded higher straw yield of 7,470 kg ha-1, but was on par with Black Kavuni showing7,030 kg ha-1. Black Kavuni recorded higher amylose content of 20.8 per cent, total phenol content of 11.83 mg/100g and protein of 6.82 per cent and β-carotene of 420.37 μg/100g. The two Kavuni rice types, viz., Red Kavuni and Black Kavuni can be suggested for cultivation in the western zone of Tamil Nadu and also in rice belts districts of Tamil Nadu and it would be more profitable with the small and marginal farmers.