Indian, Aussie bodies chart plan to up wheat output in medium term

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | New Delhi, Oct 12 | Updated: Oct 13 2007, 06:51am hrs
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have jointly drawn upa medium term strategy to increase the yield of wheat to an optimal level, by bridging the gap between the actual and demonstrated yields. The researchers are not aiming at developing transgenic crops at the present

Wheat has posed problems to both the countries. In Australia wheat production in the current year declined due to drought. In India, though wheat production increased to about 75 million tonne there was a problem of procuring enough grains for the buffer stock and the country had to go for costly imports.

This collaboration is not for increasing the potential yield of wheat by increasing the photosynthesis to the level of C4 crops like sorghum and sugarcane. This will take considerable time. Therefore our efforts now are on increasing the yield to an optimal level by developing resistances to pests and diseases and several biotic and abiotic stresses, said ACIAR research programme manager Christian Roth.