Recently, it has been reported that the National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack (India) has developed a rice variety that has over 10% protein content. The new variety will help in reducing malnutrition, according to the Director of NRRI Dr A K Nayak. Further, it has been revealed that this is a major breakthrough in the field of rice research as generally rice varieties have around 7% protein. The new variety is awaiting approval of the Central Variety Releasing Committee, the apex body of releasing varieties in India. Once approved, it will be sent for large seed production.
Further, in this regard, it was informed that the new variety has been developed by crossing Assam rice collection – a high protein and low yielding variety with Naveen – a high yielding variety. The NRRI has been doing research on the variety for the last 4 to 5 years. The new variety developed will yield at least five tonnes a hectare it was informed. These information were disclosed by Dr Nayak while attending the fourth interface meet of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, State Agriculture University (SAU) and state departments for 2015-16.
Furthermore, it was also stated that in this year, NRRI will emphasize on further research in aromatic rice varieties, production of green gram and black gram, which has reduced drastically over the years. To tackle the effect of climate change, the NRRI has been giving emphasis on integrated farming system but unfortunately various models developed in the laboratories are not transferred to the field. The NRRI has also suggested to the state government to develop miniature farm machinery at affordable prices to transfer the scientific breakthroughs easily to the field. An exhibition where institutions and organizations showcased their models and technologies for the benefit of farming community should also be organized on the occasion.