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NEWS IMPULSE |NEW HIGH-YIELDING AND PEST-RESISTANT VARIETY OF SOYBEAN| 29 APRIL

Syllabus Section: Agriculture

Why in News?

  • This newly developed variety called MACS 1407.
  • It is suitable for cultivation in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and North-Eastern states 
  • Its seeds will be made available to farmers for sowing during the 2022 Kharif season.
  • It is widely cultivated as oil seeds as well as a cheap source of protein for animal feed and many packaged meals and is striving to be among the world’s major producers of soybean.
  • Scientists from MACS- Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi have developed higher yielding varietiesusing the conventional cross breeding technique.

Significance of this new Variety

  • It is a high yielding variety and is also resistant to major insect-pests like girdle beetle, leaf miner, leaf roller, stem fly, aphids, white fly and defoliators
  • This high-yielding, disease resistant varieties of the legume can help achieve this target.
  • It is highly adaptive to sowing from 20 June to 5 July without any yield loss. This makes it resistant to the vagaries of Monsoon as compared to other varieties.”

Source: DD News

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