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MP Agri University Develops New Varieties of Oats, Wheat, Rice & Niger Crops

Jabalpur Agri University has developed two oats and wheat varieties, one rice variety, and three niger varieties that have been recognized by the Centre as acceptable for production in other states.

Shivani Meena
Wheat and Oat crop varieties
Wheat and Oat crop varieties

The Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (JNKVV) of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh has developed two oats and two wheat varieties, one rice variety, and three niger varieties that have been recognized by the Centre as acceptable for production, according to vice-chancellor Dr. P K Bisen of the university.

An official stated on Saturday new oats, wheat, rice, and niger (it is a minor oilseed crop that is grown mainly under rainfed conditions) crop varieties are suitable for cultivation in other states as well. 

According to Dr. P K Bisen, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare had released a gazette notification in this respect on January 3. "Farmers will soon be able to purchase seeds for these new crop varieties. This would ensure high-quality agricultural production and increase revenue "Bisen said. 

According to Dr. G K Koutu, Director of research services at the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (JNKVV), the novel varieties were evaluated over three years in diverse agro-climatic conditions in specific crop-growing areas of several states.

According to him, these new crops have a combination of favorable characteristics such as high grain production, resistance to disease, finer grain quality, and a quick harvest period. 

JO 05-304 is good for production in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, whereas JO 10-506 is ideal for production in Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh's eastern region, Assam, and Manipur, he added.

He claims that the new wheat M and MP 1358 types, as well as the rice JR 10, can be cultivated in specific regions of Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Koutu added that three niger (ramtil) varieties, JNS 521, JNS 2015-9, and JNS 2016-1115, are appropriate for both irrigated and non-irrigated locations in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.  

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