Super rice

Scientists at the Cuttack-based Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) have developed a high yielding variety of rice called Lunishree that requires the minimal use of fertilisers, has a high resistance to salinity and a long grain.

CRRI director B Venketaswarlu says that Lunishree yields are 28-30 per cent greater than that of other high yielding paddy varieties. Further research is being conducted to reduce to less than 120 days the period required for the crop to mature and also to improve Lunishree's suitability for varying soil conditions.