According to the local sources, it has been reported that after lot of hard work and research the scientists have been able to discover two new varieties of rice varieties named as ‘Sahabhagi’ and ‘Subarna Sub-1’, which will enable the farming community of the State to cultivate good quality harsh weather resistant paddy without worrying about flood or drought as stated by a Principal Scientist Dr. Bhaskar Chandra Patra at the Odisha Environment Society office, National Rice Research Institute at Bhubaneswar, in one of the seminar held on ‘Jalabayu Upayogi Sasya’ on Sunday.
Further, in this regard, Dr. Patra also revealed to the local cultivators that they should go for new breed of rice instead of conventional varieties as the climate changes, irregular rains, flood, drought amid global warming are creating problems for the present conventional varieties of rice. Keeping in the view of 20 per cent rise of the rice demand by 2030 the cultivators have to go for good technology and species of crops, so that the produce is good and profitable. Moreover, the crops should be able to withstand harsh weather like flood and drought, so two new varieties of rice namely ‘Sahabhagi’ which is better during the flood water and ‘Subarna Sub-1’ which can withstand dry weather should be preferred by the local farmers. It was also appealed to the local farmers for visiting the Agriculture Research Centre for any help in this matter.