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CCSHAU to develop hybrid varieties of maize, rice

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Chandigarh, Apr 15 (UNI) The Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar, is endeavouring to develop hybrid varieties of maize, rice, cotton, sunflower, pearlmillet, vegetables and fruits.

The research will be undertaken in this area under the University's 'Vision 2006-07 plan, a University spokesman said.

Diversification in agriculture would also be promoted through the introduction of some non-conventional varieties of fruits, flower, vegetables, medicinal and aromatic plants and other farm crops.

He said research endeavours would also be undertaken in various other fields such as use of agriculture friendly microbes in crop yield enhancement and in the development of low cost farm machines and equipments.

The university, he said, recently received four major projects totalling worth 13.21 crore under its Vision 2006-07 plan.

Projects such as Seed Production (ICAR) worth Rs 5.8 crore, Bioresource Complex (DST) worth Rs 4 crore, Resource Conservation Technologies (ICAR) worth Rs 2.82 crore and Tissue Culture Techniques for Quality Seed Production (Ministry of Agriculture) worth Rs 59 lakh had been received by the University.

He said researches leading to the consolidation of yield level of major crops under irrigated ecology would be undertaken besides conducting a research in raising the crop yield ceiling through appropriate breeding strategies with modern bio technological approaches.

Researches would also be undertaken in the development of transgenic crop plants tolerant to biotic and abiotic stress and in maximisation of yield in rainfed and critical areas with low yields.

He said survey, surveillance and forecasting of test epidemics would also be done.

Developing low cost and efficient agronomic practices for various crops under varying conditions and farming systems would also be emphasised upon.

He said special emphasis would be laid on the development of technologies for utilising agro-industrial bio products and wastes into livestock feed and other value added products.

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