According to a report as indicated by the Chhattisgarh’s agriculture scientists that they have developed a rice variety with high zinc content that would be of great use to deal with the malnutrition in the human being. A team of researchers from Raipur-based Indira Gandhi Agriculture University (IGAU) led by Professor Girish Chandel have explored the two varieties of high zinc rice of which one has been recently released. The variety had been named as “Chhattisgarh Zinc Rice-1”, the first zinc bio-fortified rice variety in the country. The variety discovered with the rich zinc content will have a maturity period of 110 days and will be suitable in adverse climatic condition as it has been claimed. In addition, even in the drought condition, the variety would give a good yield and the productivity of the paddy is expected to be about 50 quintal per hectare.
Further, in this regard, the proposal had been sent to the Central Variety Release Committee (CVRC) for the notification of the seed that had already been approved by the state-level committee facilitating its distribution within the state. The authorities had distributed seeds to 2,500 farmers across the state of Chhattisgarh for trial and response/feedback from the farmers. After getting the approval, the commercial production of seed would start for distribution beyond state boundary too.
According to Dr Girish Chandel, the zinc content in the paddy variety would vary from 22-24 parts per million (PPM) that would be about 8-9 PPM more than the regular and traditional variety available in the country. Further, it was added that the rice variety would be helpful for the government campaign against malnutrition as a small proportion of zinc content in food makes big difference in the health condition. It was also narrated that Medical researchers had underlined that zinc is most famous for its immune-boosting perks. It helps to keep balance in body’s response to infection, besides preventing out-of-control inflammation.