Indian Scientists Develop High-yielding Soy Bean
Indian Scientists have developed a high-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean.
- This newly developed variety called MACS 1407 is suitable for cultivation in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and North-Eastern states.
- The Science and Technology Ministry has said that the new seeds will be made available to farmers for sowing during the 2022 Kharif season.
- In 2019, India produced around 90 million tons of soybean.
- Scientists from MACS- Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi have developed this higher yielding varieties and improved practices for the cultivation of soybean.
- The new variety MACS 1407 gives 39 quintals per hectare and it is also resistant to major insects - pests like girdle beetle, leaf miner, white fly and defoliators. It is suitable for rain-fed conditions of north- east India.
Source : All India Radio