According to the sources, it has been reported that a rice variety with higher protein content would be taken up for large scale cultivation from the next year’s kharif season in eastern region, which is facing problem of malnourishment. The new variety has been named as CR Dhan 310 and it has been developed by the Scientists from Cuttack- based National Rice Research Institute (NRRI). It has also been revealed that the new rice variety has 10.5 – 11% protein content in comparison to 6% in the most of the rice varieties. Moreover, in the field trials the new variety has produced a yield of 5 tonne per hectare against usual 3-4 tonne in the conventional paddy varieties.
Further, in this regard, it has been highlighted that the new variety would certainly help to deal with the protein deficiency in many communities in the eastern region, as narrated by Dr AK Nayak, Director, and NRRI. Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry’s central varietal release committee has recently approved the variety for cultivation. It was also informed that CR Dhan 310 has the yield potential better than many of the hybrids available in the market while the key benefit for the farmers is that they can save their own seeds for next crop season too instead of buying it every year. Further, it has been explained that in the coming kharif season, which is commencing from September, the variety would be taken up for limited cultivation through multiplying seed production from the NRRI’s breeder seeds by many state government-owned agencies. Thereafter, subsequently from the next year, the state government agencies in eastern region would produce certified seeds from the foundation seeds for large scale cultivation by farmers.
Moreover, in this matter the Director also told that the new high-yielding protein variety would be suitable for the cultivation across all theeastern regions such as Tripura, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh too. The new variety, is also a non-lodging plant type and can address the problem of yield stagnation in this major rice ecosystem of the country accordingly. Keeping in view with its high yield and grain quality, this variety can significantly enhance the income of farmers of eastern region, as stated by an official of an agriculture ministry.