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Telangana Agriculture University develops 8 new crop varieties approved by SVRC for release

Hyderabad, Jun 20(UNI) The 2nd State Varietal Release Committee (SVRC)- 2019 has approved for the release of new crop varieties developed by the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) at a meeting held at Secretariat here on Thursday.
The committee, which met under the chairmanship of state Agriculture Principal Secretary C Parthasarathi, approved the release of new crop varieties.
The committee had approved of 3 rice varieties and 1 each in sorghum, Redgram, Groundnut, Sesame, and Cotton.
PJTSAU Director Dr R Jagadeeshwar, SRTC Director Dr Pradeep, Principal scientists of various crops, Officers from Department of Agriculture, National Seed Corporation and Telangana State Seed development corporation and several scientists were attended the committee meeting.
The State Agricultural University is striving hard to develop high yielding varieties in different crops for the benefit of Telangana farmers through intensive research and extension.
The research is a continuous activity to deal with rectification of defects in existing varieties besides increasing the yield potential or sustainable agriculture.
After formation of Telangana state in June, 2014, the University has released 13 high yielding varieties through 1st SVRC in different crops during the year 2015. The varieties -- Telangana Sona, KNM 118, Bathukamma in rice, Karimnagar Makka-1 in maize, PRG-176 in redgram,WGG 42 in greengram -- have become very popular in the Telangana and adjoining states.
Similarly, after four years of previous release, again the University has come up with 8 high yielding cultures which were developed and extensively tested in different trials and mini-kits.
Now these cultures are being proposed for release through 2nd SVRC for the state of Telangana.
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