Project funded by: Mr. Frans Meddens, CBM Project and Anamolbiu Pvt. Ltd.
Akabare Khursani is a native vegetable of Nepal. It possesses high demand in domestic and international markets as vegetable. Akabare fetches very good price up to Rs. 200/kg with the minimum of 50/kg in local markets of Nepal. At present, diverse types of Akabare can be seen in the markets which include non pungent types too. Non pungent types are not regarded as the true Akabare since true Akabare has higher pungency. Due to high diversity, there is a good scope of selection for disease resistant and climatic stress tolerant true to the type Akabare chilli. In the recent years virus has been one of the major problems in some of the Akabare accessions. Hence, there is also need of identifying disease free/virus free Akabare. Hence to assess populations of Akabare accessions from Nepal and identify true to type Akabare from the existing diversity as well as to characterize the true-to type Akabare and develop it as a variety for national listing, LI-BIRD, NARC and Anamolbiu has agreed to jointly undertaking a mutually beneficial agricultural research and development, and promotion actions relating to Akabare chilli in Nepal in 2012. As the principle implementer HRD is implementing the on-station research activity whereas LI-BIRD and Anamolbiu as NGO and private partners respectively, are supporting the project in terms of grant grant and logistics.
The research in Akabare chilli has been planned for six years and it will be initiated from germplasm collection. The characteristics of true-to-type Akabare will be developed based on the farmer's knowledge and this will be base for the selection and further molecular work. All the accessions will be grown on-station and on-farm to have a preliminary assessment of all the genotypes. Besides, problems associated to diseases and pests also will be identified through discussion with the farmers, periodic monitoring of the disease and pest and laboratory testing. The accessions will be grown for 4 generation to select true to the type of Akabare (10 percent selection intensity for each accessions) Accessions that are more tolerant/resistant to diseases and pests; and virus free will be selected. Then, participatory variety selection of few selected lines will be done to identify the most appropriate variety for recommendation.
Working districts: Lalitpur, Ilam
Project Duration: 2012 - 2017
Partners: Anamolbiu Private Limited, Horticulture Research Division NARC, LI-BIRD
Contact Person: Roshan Pudasaini