14th January, Hyderabad
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed with Bioseed Research India, Hyderabad on 14 January, 2015 in presence of ADG (Seeds & FFC), ICAR, New Delhi and Director, ICAR-CRRI for commercial seed production of late duration rice hybrid CR Dhan 701. This will support spread of the hybrid in coming years in the country.
The ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack has developed three rice hybrids namely Rajalaxmi (CRHR 5), Ajay (CRHR 7) and CR Dhan 701 (CRHR-32) of which Ajay and Rajalaxmi are for cultivation in irrigated ecology, whereas CR Dhan 701 is for shallow lowland ecosystem. The maturity duration of these hybrids are 130, 135 and 142 days, respectively. These hybrids are becoming popular and private seed companies are coming forward to take up production and marketing of hybrid seeds under MoA on non-exclusive basis. CRRI has so far signed 26 MoUs with private seed companies under PPP mode for the benefit of the farmers.
(Source: ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack)