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MACS-6478 wheat variety doubles farmers’ yield

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  • October 15, 2020
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MACS-6478 wheat variety doubles farmers’ yield

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biotechnology

In news

  •  A new wheat variety MACS-6478 was recently in news. 
  • It has helped farmers in a village in Maharashtra to double their yield.
  • Developed by: Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
  • The farmers are now getting a yield of 45 to 60 quintal per hectare with the new variety compared to earlier average yield ranging 25 to 30 quintal per hectare.
  • It is also called high yielding Aestivum, matures in 110 days and is resistant to most races of leaf and stem rust.

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