June 23, 2024


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IARI’s new rice variety to lift non-basmati exports

Srinivasulu, a farmer from Alur, Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, in April 2021, harvested a new rice variety Pusa Samba 1850 produced by Indian Agricultural Exploration Institute (IARI) with a yield of all-around 4 tonnes for each hectare.

The new variety is an enhanced edition of Pusa Samba Mahsuri (BPT 5204) which has been commonly cultivated by farmers in southern as well as jap sections of the state. Pusa Samba Mahsuri variety is largely developed during the Samba year (November-March) in the South and has a sizeable share in the country’s non-basmati rice exports. The variety is characterised by medium slender grain and good cooking excellent.

No pesticides

Sudheer Agarwal, a farmer from Bhurekha village of Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, is upbeat about the prospects of getting up a new non-Basmati variety – Pusa Samba 1850 in the forthcoming kharif year.

Agarwal explained that the critical rationale for getting the non-basmati rice variety produced by IARI is greater yield and practically absence of pesticide usage. During the past two a long time of subject demonstration throughout the state, farmers like Srinivasulu and Agarwal have got an regular yield in the range of 4-7 tonnes/ha.

The Pusa Samba 1850 variety produced by IARI — an enhanced edition of Samba Mahsuri (BPT 5204) — a variety is now getting developed throughout Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar on all-around 1.five million hectares.

However, Samba Mahsuri is hugely susceptible to blast disorder which leads to sizeable yield and excellent losses.

For running the disorder, farmers have been utilizing extra pesticides along with incurring greater labour charge, moreover acquiring an adverse effect on the surroundings.

Samba Mahsuri was released in 1989 by Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad for industrial cultivation.

However, with a breeder seed indent of 42.eight quintals for Kharif 2022, Samba Mahsuri continues to be a well known variety among farmers in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

“There are all-around 320 rice kinds in the nationwide seed chain at existing, of which only 25 kinds have a breeder seed-indent of extra than forty quintals.

“ Even with Samba Mashuri getting, extra than three many years old variety it however occupies twenty fourth placement in the nationwide breeder seed indent which is testimony to its recognition,” Gopala Krishnan S, Principal Scientist, IARI, explained.

In accordance to Krishnan S of IARI, who is the brain guiding growth of Pusa Samba 1850, the variety has been produced utilizing a Marker Assisted Selection-derived blast resistant by way of insertion of three governing resistance to blast disorder genes – Pi54, Pi1 and Pita.

This gene fortification allows ward off the deadly bacterial blight.

Higher yield

The Pusa Sambha – 1850 variety of rice went by way of subject trials at net blast very hot places in the state these kinds of as Malan / Palanpur (Himachal Pradesh), Jammu, Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), Gudalur (Tamil Nadu), Lonavala (Maharashtra), Ponnampet (Karnataka) & Hazaribagh (Jharkand).

In a large-scale subject demonstration, in Kharif 2019 done throughout Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the new rice variety had specified an regular yield of six.56 tonnes/ha. In Shidenur of Raichur district of Karnataka, the regular yield was all-around 9.three tonnes/ha.

In the subject demonstration done at the farmers’ subject during Kharif year of 2020, the yield of Pusa Samba 1850 ranged amongst five.five and eight tonnes throughout Chemmangudi and Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu), Shahjanhanpur and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Ganagavathi (Karnataka) and Cuttack (Odisha).

The objective was to get volumes for millers and traders to further more evaluate its prospective among millers and customers.

“Pusa Sambha 1850, is a blast resistant enhanced edition of Sambha Mahshuri (BPT 5204), the most traded rice variety in the non-Basmati phase. It will further more reinforce non-Basmati exports which have crossed thirteen million tonnes during 2020-21, the greatest in the history of rice export,” Ashok Singh, Director, IARI explained.


Breeder seed

In the future two a long time, a large-scale cultivation of the new variety is anticipated to acquire spot.

At the moment, breeder seed is supplied to non-public organizations and NGOs for multiplication. IARI has signed an MOU with Hyderabad-based Eldorado Agri-tech Non-public Ltd for multiplications of seeds.

The breeder seed has been supplied by IARI for multiplications into foundation seeds and certified seeds in the forthcoming kharif year.

In accordance to an agriculture ministry official, by 2022, large scale industrial cultivation of Pusa Sambha 1850 rice variety is anticipated which would not only raise India’s non-basmati rice exports prospects but also lower charge of generation for farmers for the reason that of greater yield and nominal charge for pesticides.

In accordance to Agricultural and Processed Food stuff Product or service Exports Growth Authority (APEDA), the non-basmati rice exports rose sharply in 2020-21 both in conditions of volume and price as opposed to prior yr (2019-twenty).

The volume of non-basmati rice exports rose by 159 for each cent to thirteen.08 million tonnes (mt) in 2020-21 as opposed to prior yr while price of exports jumped by 137 for each cent to $4,796 million from $2,020 million documented in prior yr.

Sandip Das is a Delhi-based author on agriculture and foodstuff security. Sights are particular.