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Evaluation of Some Promising Varieties of Olive (Olea europaea L.) for Growth and Yield under Pothwar Regions of Punjab, Pakistan

Evaluation of Some Promising Varieties of Olive (Olea europaea L.) for Growth and Yield under Pothwar Regions of Punjab, Pakistan

Muhammad Ashraf Sumrah1*, Muhamad Jan1, Azhar Hussain2, Shoaib Akhtar1, Hussain Nawaz1, Muhammad Afzal3 and Humara Umar1

1Centre of Excellence for Olive Research and Training (CEFORT), Pakistan; 2Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal, Pakistan; 3Hill Fruit Research Station (HFRS), Murree, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Muhammad Ashraf Sumrah, Centre of Excellence for Olive Research and Training (CEFORT), Pakistan; Email: ashrafsumrah@gmail.com 

ABSTRACT

The consumption and production of olive is attaining great importance day by day in Pakistan. The table olive varieties with large sized fruit have great attraction for olive growers and consumers. The last three-years (2017-2019) study was conducted with the objective to evaluate varietal performance of table olives i.e. Ascolana, BARI Zaitoon-1, Earlik, Gemlik, Hamdi, Hojiblanca, Manzanilla and Picual at Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Chakwal. Eight olives varieties were evaluated for their growth and yield under Pothwar region of Punjab, Pakistan. The trial was conducted with experimental design following randomized complete blocks design (RCBD) with three replications. The results exhibited morphological trait differences among the olive varieties. Maximum fruit yield (22.66 Kg), fruit weight (6.29 g) and oil recovery percentage (24.66%) were recorded in Ascolana, Earlik, Gemlik, and Hamdi varieties. Based on growth and yield performance four varieties namely, Ascolana, Earlik, Gemlik, and Hamdi were found most suitable and potential varieties for mass scale cultivation in Pothwar region. The proposed varieties can be grown for commercial processing and product development.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 53, Iss. 4, Pages 1201-1601

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