110 quintals of paddy seeds will be sold to Purari Seed Company,U.P.
Raipur, April 12
The fragrance of Chhattisgarh’s Devbhog rice cultivated by agricultural scientists of Indira Gandhi Krishi Vidyalaya will reach Ayodhya and adjoining parts of Uttar Pradesh. Chhattisgarh is also known as the Rice Bowl of India and after procuring a record-breaking 98 lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy, and becoming the second-largest paddy procurer in India with the help of the state government’s farmer-friendly policies under the visionary guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel.110 quintals of paddy seeds are being provided to Purari Seed Company of Ayodhya.
It is noteworthy that under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, many schemes are being operated in the interest of farmers in Chhattisgarh. To promote pilgrimage tourism in Chhattisgarh, the government is developing places under the Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit project where the memories of Shri Ram are associated during the exile period.
In an agreement between Chhattisgarh’s agricultural university and Purari Seed Company Ayodhya,a decision was made in the presence of Dr. Girish Chandel,Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, to provide 120 quintals of Devbhog paddy seeds to Purari Seed Company of Ayodhya. These seeds will be planted in 1200 acres of fields in Ayodhya and adjoining areas. On this occasion Director of Research, Dr. P.L. Chandrakar, Co-Director of Research Dr. Vivek Tripathi and Field Manager Dr. HL. Sonboir were also present. Director Research Dr. P.L. Chandrakar assured the operators of Purari Seeds Company of providing high quality seeds with all possible support and technology for production of Chhattisgarh Devbhog paddy.
Director of Purari Seeds Company, Shri Ram Gopal Tiwari said that after being impressed by the new varieties of crops developed by Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, he has decided to plant Chhattisgarh’s Devbhog variety in Ayodhya and nearby 1200 acres area. The seeds purchased from the university will be distributed to the farmers for crop production. He also mentioned a discussion with the officials of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas regarding the use of Devbhog rice as a sacred offering to Shri Ram.
Agricultural Scientists of Indira Gamdhi Agricultural University have informed that, by the hybridization of Swarna and Jeera variety of paddy, an improved variety of Chhattisgarh Devbhog has been developed. This variety is tolerant to extreme weather conditions and diseases. The recovery rate of this medium fine size grain is 67 percent. This variety of paddy has a good amount of amylose (24.5 percent) with a mild aroma, due to which the rice is very soft when cooked. The average yield of this variety is 40 to 45 quintals per hectare. The Chhattisgarh Devbhog variety has been recommended for Chhattisgarh as well as Uttar Pradesh state by the Central Seed Production Sub Committee, New Delhi
It is also worth mentioning that a large number of Chhattisgarhi farmers are sowing Devbhog paddy in the Patan area in Raipur and its adjoining Durg district, Devbhog production is going on in Dhamtari district, companies of national and international level are connecting with the farmers of these areas , Earlier the plantation of this variety was up to 130-150 cm, but the experts of the university jointly carried out the project with Bhabha Atomic Research Center to increase the plant length to 110 cm due to nuclear radiation and succeeded in increasing the productivity. It is noteworthy that more than 200 varieties have been extracted by Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur so far. In which 40 varieties of paddy are included since 1987. These include Mahamaya, Poornima, Danteshwari, Bamleshwari, Dubraj, Dubraj Selection-1, Vishnubhog Selection-1, Badshah Bhog, Tarun Bhog etc. species of paddy are included.