ISLAMABAD: Iranian researchers at Dryland Agricultural Research Institute have developed freeze-resistant chickpe Homayoun Kanouni, who led the research in association with their counterparts at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), said the study has been conducted in the past 12 years.
He also said the freeze-resistant chickpeas offer higher and more stable yields, Iran Daily reported on Saturday.
Farmers across the highlands of Iran who rely on chickpea production face a number of constraints during the cold winter months, including extreme cold.
The expert noted that investigators have released a new variety of high-yielding winter chickpea, which is tolerant of cold temperatures.
‘Chickpea contains 21.1 percent protein,’ he said, adding that the variety, named Saral, is bred through genetic methods and will be distributed among Iranian farmers.
Saral has achieved a mean yield of 1,350 kg/hectare- a 25-percent increase over local varieties.