Cuttack: Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) is now ready with two new high-yielding varieties of rice which are waiting the nod from the central committee. CRRI is the premier rice research centre of the country.

With these two varieties in pipeline, the Institute now boasts of developing at least 82 new rice varieties during its 64 years of existence.

“The institute during previous two years had come with 11 new varieties of which five were exclusively suitable for varied ecosystems of Orissa”  CRRI Director, T K Adhya told reporters here on Friday.

Adhya said the new rice varieties were released by the Central and State committees for general cultivation in different parts of the country.

While varieties like—CR Dhan-701, CR Dhan-601, CR Boro Dhan-2, CR Dhan-401 and CR Dhan-501 were released by the Central committee for cultivation in states like Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, the Orissa State sub-committee has released CR Dhan-801, CR Dhan-401, CR Dhan 402, CR Dhan-403 and CR Dhan-901 for cultivation in the state, Adhya informed.

Similarly, CR 2301-5 and CR 2285-6-6-3-1,  which are of high yielding varieties and desirable cooking qualities, are ready to be okayed by the Central committee as these varieties were cleared for release during an All India meeting held in Hyderabad last week, the Director added.

The scientists of the Institute pointed out that among the five varieties released for the state; two are extremely favorable for the coastal saline areas of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts.

“These varieties can give a yield of 3.5 to 4.0 tonnes per hectare having duration of 150 to 155 days,” they said.

Besides, the Institute has also released an aromatic variety—CR Dhan-901 which has been developed from Chinikamini, a popular land race of Southern Orissa having a yield potential of 3.5 tonnes per hectare.

Adhya also pointed out that despite developing high-yielding varieties, the Institute is also engaged in developing agro-technologies for benefit of rice farmers.

“Since we are entrusted with responsibilities like scientific monitoring and providing technological know-how for the Second Green Revolution, we are giving stress on developing climate resilient rice varieties,” Adhya said adding.