Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits to the nation through video conferencing. In a pan-India programme organized at all. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, he also dedicated to the nation the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance in Raipur. The Institute has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support.
On the occasion, Mr. Modi interacted with the farmers. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar highlighted various measures taken by the Center for the welfare of the farmers.
The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the ICAR to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in 2021. These include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean.
These special traits crop varieties also include those that address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health.