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Chingjin Thabi Selection: Improved cucumber variety

Shri. Sapam Lukhoi Singh is a progressive farmer from Thoubal district of Manipur. He has developed a cucumber variety through mass selection from a local cucumber variety Chingjin Thabi. The specific characteristics of the variety are high yielding (25.87t/ha), long fruit (24.42cm), dark green, tolerant to leaf curl and excellent shelf life (10-15days).


Innovator: Shri. Sapam Lukhoi Singh

Salient features of the variety:

  • High yielding
  • Long fruit size
  • Dark green colour fruit
  • Tolerant to leaf curl disease
  • Excellent shelf life


Chingjin Thabi Selection:Improved cucumber variety

In order to verify and validate the innovator’s claims, National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF) facilitated the experimental trial at Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur. The experimental results verified the claimed characteristics of the variety. The report revealed that the quality of tender fruits were excellent and would be an ideal choice of a normal consumer because of the soft seed.

Based on the performance of the variety, KVK, Thoubal district of Manipur conducted on-farm trials at five locations in 2011. The result was found superior in terms of yield, heavy fruit weight and high cost benefit ratio. Likewise he has received many encouraging feedbacks from scientists of Central Agricultural University, Imphal and State Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, Manipur. NIF-India conducted a diffusion study and found that the variety is being grown by several farmers of Manipur and Mizoram states.So far the innovator has distributed the seed to over three hundred farmers free of cost for their own cultivation. It was also found that the seed of variety has been diffused through farmer to farmer channel.


Shri. Sapam Lukhoi Singh receiving award in National Biennial Competition

In 2017, Shri Sapam Lukhoi Singh received the award from Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi during Festival of Innovation (FOIN) - 2017 organized by NIF. He has also been awarded as best farmer at various events related to agriculture and horticulture exhibitions and Kisan Mela organized by Central Agricultural University, Imphal, State Department of Agriculture and Department of Horticulture, Government of Manipur.

For availing the seeds of the variety the innovator may be contacted at: Shri Sapam Lukhoi Singh (09856337019) Village: Wabagai Thingal Leikai, Post office: Kakching, District: Thoubal, Manipur -795103

You may also contact directly to National Innovation Foundation-India at: 02764261131/32/38/39, Email:vard@nifindia.org (C/o Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat Pin: 382721(http://nif.org.in).