Sarpan All season Dolichos-3
Dolichos bean Dolichos lablab purpureus ( L) is grown across the country primarily as green pods and fresh bean. Dry beans are also used as a whole or in Dal form as a rich pulse crop. Fresh green pods and fresh beans are rich source of proteins 3.8 to 4.3 % , carbohydrate 6.9%, minerals and low in fat . They are also good source of vitamin-A -325 IU , Vitamin B and Vitamin –C . They are rich in dietary fiber acts as excellent laxative.
Dolichos bean are basically short duration crops which flower and fruit only in winter cool season. Traditionally Dolichos was called Gadde Avarae / Field bean as they were grown on the paddy fields border. The crop starts fruiting in November and December when paddy is ready for harvest. Because of its rich nutritional values it is used in the preparation of Namkeens &chats. The demand for this crop has increased to a great extent, that people celebrate a Dolichos festival in the month of January. The cultivation has increased from border cropping to entire commercial field cropping.
All season Dolichos a photo-insensitive breed was researched and developed in 1998 by Sarpan Seeds has opened new opportunities in Dolichos cultivation in the country. The most popular variety is Sarpan Dolichos-3 has a character of fresh bean type fruit and bushy plant. The other varieties are Sarpan Dolichos-16 and Sarpan Dolichos-27 which is fresh pod vegetable type and Sarpan Dolichos-42 & Sarpan Dolichos-52 which is vegetable vine type. They are very productive with potential yields of 9-12 MT per acre with a high revenue output. Apart from quality and yields, the acidic flavor a traditional character is retained in all these varieties across all the season. The rich nutritional, medicinal values and the availability of fresh pods, beans in all season has made Dolichos the most popular vegetable in the market.