A new high-yielding fine rice variety ‘MGR 100’ has been launched by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) which will be popularised among cultivators. In the initial phase, its cultivation would be taken up in ten districts.
TNAU has planned to produce seeds for MGR 100 during this current fiscal by establishing demonstration plots in ten districts with the participation of farmers. The seed production would be initiated under the direct supervision of the agricultural experts.
The ryots would be provided the technical skills to raise this crop. About Rs 1.19 crore has been allotted for this purpose.
The new rice variety developed through marker-assisted pedigree breeding, combining quality, yield and blast resistance features of the two popular varieties. This paddy is expected to mature in 130 to 135 days.
The TNAU had released ‘MGR 100’ to commemorate the birth centenary of former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran, in Thanjavur. The new variety is the rechristened with the nomenclature CO 52, which is a derivative of the cross involving BPT 5204 and CO (R) 50.
Tamil Nadu government also made a slew of announcements informing that about Rs. 3 crore would be spent on raising green manure crop in about 50,000 acres this year.