Recently, as per sources it has been reported that the researchers at Assam Agricultural University (AAU) have developed two rice varieties, namely Ranjit Sub-1 and Bahadur Sub-1. The objective to develop these rice varieties was to get better yields under submerged conditions in the State mainly in the Barak Valley. Further, in this regard, it has also been stated that most parts of the State including Barak valley is prone to periodical flash floods particularly during the monsoon season.
Regarding the characterstics of about these two rice varieties, it has been claimed that these are ideally suited for submerged areas in the kharif season. In addition, these new rice variants are improved forms of the Ranjit and Bahadur varieties which the farmers of the State have been using for the years. Moreover, in these new varieties an additional gene has been incorporated which ensure better productivity even if the crops remain submerged during flash floods too.