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PM to dedicate tomorrow 35 climate-resilient crop varieties

New Delhi, Sept 27: The Indian Council of Agriculture Research has developed 35 climate-resilient crop varieties with higher nutrient content.  They include a drought-tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be dedicating these crops to the nation on September 28.

The new varieties also include disease-resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean, said a government statement.

Some of these crops also address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health, the government statement said.

These varieties include Pusa Double Zero Mustard 33 and a soybean variety free from two anti-nutritional factors namely Kunitz trypsin inhibitor and lipoxygenase.

The PM will be dedicating these crops during a pan-India virtual programme organised at all ICAR Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).

He will also dedicate to the nation newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance Raipur.

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