Cultivation of five types of rice in East Godavari. are forbidden

The reasons given are poor demand, a high percentage of broken grains and poor cooking quality

The state government has banned the cultivation of five rice varieties, which were published by the Andhra Pradesh Rice Research Institute (APRRI) and the Regional Agriculture Research Station (RARS) in the East Godavari district, citing the low demand from the Kharif season 2021-22 the market, more broken grains and poor cooking quality as reasons.

APRRI and RARS from Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University in Maruteru in the West Godavari District have developed several rice varieties for the Krishna and Godavari region. The rice variety developed by APRRI and RARS is known as ‘MTU’.

The East Godavari District Agriculture Advisory Board (AAB) met here on June 18 to communicate the decision to farmers and other stakeholders in the presence of Agriculture Minister K. Kannababu.

According to AAB-East Godavari, the banned varieties are MTU-3626 (Prabhat – grown in the Rabi season), widely known as ‘Bondalu’, MTU-1010 (120-day Rabi harvest), MTU-1001 (Vijetha -rabi) and Kharif grades from MTU-1153 and MTU-1156.

Launched in 1976, MTU-3626 is preferred by farmers in the East Godavari district. Kerala is the only state that consumes the strain. During the last Rabi season, the production of the Bondalu variety was 41% (around 5.5 lakh t) of the total rice production of 12.5 lakh t in the district.

“The five rice varieties were banned due to some unfavorable properties in terms of yield and market. Farmers should work with the government to switch from these five varieties to those with better demand in the market, ”said Mr Kannababu.

In the case of the MTU-1153 and MTU-1156 varieties approved in 2015, the high percentage of broken rice, poor cooking quality and black spots are the main reasons for the ban.

Action plan

“Farmers have been warned not even to favor the Bondalu variety to produce seeds this Kharif season. So far, the marketing of the Bondalu variety has been in the hands of the rice millers, as the variety is only consumed in Kerala, ”said N. Vijay Kumar, Joint Director for Agriculture (East Godavari).

The AAB has also banned the MC-13 variety developed by the TATA Group because of “poor marketing”.

Alternative varieties

The AAB has proposed that farmers switch to eight new varieties instead of the six banned varieties; MTU 7029, 1064, 1061 and 1121 and BPT 5204, RGL 2537, RPBIO 226 and PLA 1100. The government’s goal is to complete the rice transplant by June 31st and to close the Kharif season by November 15th break up.

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