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POST TIME: 11 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Bangladesh releases 2 new rice varieties with high yield potentials
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Bangladesh releases 2 new rice varieties with high yield potentials

Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed two new high yielding rice varieties having higher yield potentials over the two most popular existing rice varieties in the country, reports UNB.

The two new varieties suitable for cultivation during Boro season - BRRI dhan88 and BRRI dhan89 - released at a time when two of the country's most productive rice varieties - BRRI dhan28 and BRRI dhan29 - are fast losing potential due to ageing.

National Seed Board (NSB) in its meeting on Tuesday gave approval for the cultivation of the two new varieties having up to one tons (per hectare) of yield advantage over the BRRI dhan28 and BRRI dhan29 when the latter two are degenerating and suffering from increased pest infestation.

BRRI scientists told the news agency yesterday that the newly released BRRI dhan88 has a yield potential of 7 tons per hectare comparing to BRRI dhan28's 6 ton. Its life cycle is similar to BRRI dhan 28 but pest and disease infestation in BRRI dhan88 is compara

tively lesser.

The average yield of the BRRI dhan89 is within eight ton per hectare, half ton to one ton more than BRRI dhan29's average yield. It matures nearly a week earlier that the BRRI dhan29.