Raipur: Scientists of chandigarh developed a hybrid variety of rice, containing high enriched levels of zinc which is expected to play a crucial role in fighting malnutrition.
Nearly seven lakh children in tribal dominated Chandigarh are suffering from Malnutrition. The new paddy seed ” Chhattisgarh Zinc Rice-1″, the first zinc bio-fortified variety in India, was launched by the State Variety Release Committee. The production of these hybrid seeds, is likely to begin in the coming Kharif season.
Researchers from Indira Gandhi University carried the experiments led by Girish Chandel.
Prof. Girish Chandel said ” India focused on increasing the crop yield with Green revolution. We succeeded in that aspect. However, the quality of the crop didnot improve”, the Deccan Chronicle reports.
He added “In 2000, the Centre and other health organizations in a survey found that about seventy percent of the population was suffering from Malnutrition and with the deficiency of micro-nutrients like Vitamin A, Zinc etc. Hence the government has come up with a research to improve the variety of three staple crops viz., Rice, maize and wheat. Under this program, Chattisgarh has decided to research on the quality improvements and has taken up the project ” RICE BIO FORTIFICATION RESEARCH PROJECT”.
There plans to produce the seeds and distribute them to 5000 farmers in the first phase by the end of December.