New Delhi.A state-run agricultural university in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur has
developed new varieties of oats, wheat,rice and niger crop, which are suitable
for production in other states as well, an oficial said on Saturday.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (JNKVV) has developed two varieties each of oats and wheat, one type of rice and three varieties of niger, which have been
notified by the Centre as being suitable for production, the university’s vicechancellor Dr P K Bisen said.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare had issued a gazette
notification on January 3 in this regard, he said.
“Seeds of these new crop varieties will be made available to farmers shortly.
This will ensure quality production of crops and generate more income,” Bisen
The new varieties were tested over a period of three years in various agroclimatic conditions in specifc crop-growing areas of various states, said Dr G
K Koutu, director of research services at the JNKVV
These new crops possess a combination of several desirable traits such as
high-grain yield, resistance to diseases, good grain quality and short duration
harvest, he said.
Of the two new varieties of oats, JO 05-304 is suitable for production in
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, while JO
10-506 can be produced in Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern region of Uttar
Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, he said.
The new varieties of wheat – MP 1323 and MP 1358 and rice JR 10 – can be
grown in specific areas of Madhya Pradesh, he said.PTI