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BARC develops variants of rice and cowpea

Popularisation of BARC developed crops is done by linkages established with State Agricultural Universities through kisan mela, frontline demonstrations, exhibitions and awareness programmes

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By using radiation induced mutagenesis along with cross breeding, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed two mutants of rice {Trombay Raipur Rice-1(TRR-1), Trombay Konkan Kolam (TKKR-13)*} and one mutant of cowpea {Trombay Cowpea 901 (TC901)*} which are identified for release, Minister of State (IC), Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER); MoS, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

BARC has also developed several mutants of groundnut, mustard, cowpea, blackgram, greengram, soybean, rice and wheat which are undergoing advance field trials in State Agricultural Universities (SAUs). The major desirable traits in these crops include higher yield, seed size, improved agronomic and quality traits, early maturity and stress tolerance Sigh added.

The BARC developed mutant crop varieties have high patronage from the farming community and are extensively grown in different states of the country. Popularisation is done by linkages established with State Agricultural Universities through kisan mela, frontline demonstrations, exhibitions and awareness programmes, the Minister further said.

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