Green pea: INTA developed a new variety with greater nutritional behavior
Winter crops have a great challenge in the country, since INTA pointed out that Argentina should position itself as a large producer of legumes. In this sense, INTA and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of Rosario developed a new variety of green peas with improvement in genetics. This added value allowed a higher yield, with great potential that would increase exports. This new variety is called Primogénita, María Andrea Espósito, from INTA Oliveros, said that this program uses conventional methodologies, and has so far obtained, among other materials, a new pre-commercial variety of green pea.
"The genetic improvement of this species is an important tool to achieve the availability of new materials of good agronomic and nutritional behavior, necessary to increase production at the regional level," said from INTA. In this way, it also became a winter crop that brings nitrogen to the soil. It is the first variety achieved under the INTA-FCA UNR agreement, called PRIMOGÉNITA FCA-INTA. At the moment, the inscription of the seed is in process in the National Institute of Seeds (INASE), while, they continue the agronomic evaluations at local and zonal level.
"This new variety presents a superior yield with respect to the more sown variety, due to its good bearing to harvest and its behavior to the disease of powdery mildew," said the specialist. Primogenita showed the highest yields within the green pea varieties, in Oliveros. In addition, Espósito argued: "The creation of locally produced varieties would enable to reduce seed import costs, with the additional advantage of working with materials adapted to local agroecological conditions, maximizing yields." The development of own varieties of good agronomic behavior that provide a substantial improvement to those already existing in the market, is a priority objective of the program to improve the Agreement, argued from INTA.