Allahabad: It could bring cheers to vegetable growers, who are struggling for growing the veggies in deficiency of water in Uttar Pradesh, as agricultural scientists from the horticulture department of Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agricultural Technology and Science, Allahabad have prepared a variety of gourd which requires less water.

Of late, the ground water level has receded in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh forcing the farmers, who have been growing the gourd in these states, to migrate to South India.

Dr VM Prasad, head of horticulture department of Sam Higginbottom Institute, said, “The new species of gourd have been produced keeping in view of the paucity of water and health of people.”

According to scientists, the new species, which contains fiber and low in calorie, will be effective for those suffering from sugar, blood pressure, heart problems and stomach diseases.

In the last two years, more than 150 farmers from Allahabad have moved to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.