New Basmati variety to boost India's rice exports prospects
The new variety referred as Pusa Basmati 1509 does not shatter in case of any delay in harvesting and has a superior grain quality compared to major trait of Pusa 1121, the biggest rice variety currently traded globally.
The new variety takes 120-125 days to mature as against 145-155 days taken by Pusa 1121, which has more than 70% share in India's Basmati rice exports market. Yield wise, the new variety is expected to give around 6.5 tonne per hectare against around 4.5 tonne reported for the widely grown 1121 variety.
This variety is also set to help Punjab and Haryana farmers dealing with issue of depleting ground water level as it takes lesser time to grow.
India exported Basmati rice worth Rs 15,450 crore during 2011-12.
The first ever short duration long grained Basmati variety has already undergone field trials in Punjab and is to be introduced on a large scale in next year's Kharif season.
“We have been working on developing the new variety of Basmati rice for the last six years and even the trial conducted at Patiala also show encouraging result this year’s kharif. We hope to introduce the new variety by next kharif season,” KV Prabhu, Head, Division of Genetics, IARI told FE.
Pusa Basmati 1121 was released for commercial cultivation in 2003.
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