800 new crop varieties developed in country

  Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in Bangalore alone has developed over 120 varieties apart from integrated crop production and protection technologies.

Deputy Director General (Horticulture) Dr H P Singh said here on Friday that Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conducted 14 research projects on vegetables aimed at increasing production of horticulture crops in order to meet the future demand. According to studies, the production has to reach 360 million tonnes by 2020.

Replying to a question, Dr Singh said that the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee has cleared the Bt brinjal only after ensuring its safety. “There is no need to worry on the ill-effects. The Union government is yet to take a final decision,” he said.

The 28th group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on vegetables will be held at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta in Bangalore from January 16, Dr Singh revealed.

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