New Paddy Variety
This idea for an improved paddy variety stemmed in response to apparent problems that Indrasan faced in cultivating high yielding variety seeds procured from the Pantnagar University. Eight years back he had got a few seeds of the ‘Ratna’ variety from Pantnagar. After planting, he found that one plant was different from the others in terms of shape and structure, so he marked it and harvested seeds from this plant separately. He got eight spikes from this plant and kept the seeds in a safe place. The next year, he planted the seeds again, and took special care of those plants. He continued the process for the next four years and planted rice seedlings from those seeds in half an acre of land. He was very surprised to see the yield of 32 quintals per acre
Link: This farmer-bred variety of paddy named “Indrasan” has a yield of about 8000kg/ha which is quite high in comparison to conventional paddy. The efficiency of the crop as well as the recovery rate of the grains is much higher than other varieties. The starch obtained is of superior quality in comparison to the conventional alternatives. The major distinguishing character of this variety is its red coloured roots. It matures in 120 days and reaches a height of 80-100cm with spike lets of equal length. Another point in its favour is its high resistance to disease unlike other traditional varieties.
Manufacturing Capacity: Yes
Problem Scale: Mild