Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has released 14 new diverse crop varieties for the benefit of the farming community.
The varieties include Rice ADT 53 (short duration, 105 days), Rice VGD1 (semi dwarf, 130 days), Little millet ATL1 (samai), Greengram VBN 4, Groundnut BSR 2, Castor YTP 1, Kadam MTP 1 (for pulp and plywood), Bottlegourd PLR 2, Garlic Ooty 2, Star Jasmine CO 1, Kufri Sahyadri (potato), and banana varieties Kaveri Saba, Kaveri Kalki, Kaveri Sugantham.
The State Variety Release Committee has given its approval for the release of crops.
Kufri Sahyadri, a high yielding medium maturing potato variety has been released by CPRI, Ooty. Suited for cultivation in summer, autumn and spring, the average yield of tuber ranged between 28 and 35 tonnes/ha.