New high-yielding fine Rice variety 'MGR 100' has been brought out by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) which will be popularised among cultivators. In the initial phase, its cultivation would be taken up in ten districts.
TNAU has been planned to produce seeds for MGR 100 during this current fiscal by establishing demonstration plots in ten districts with the participation of farmers. The seed production would be initiated under the direct supervision of the agricultural experts.
The new variety is the rechristened with the nomenclature CO 52, which is a derivative of the cross involving BPT 5204 and CO (R) 50.
The new Rice variety developed through marker-assisted pedigree breeding, combining quality, yield and blast resistance features of the two popular varieties, matures in 130 to 135 days.