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High-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean developed 

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  • April 30, 2021
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High-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean developed 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Economy 

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  • Indian Scientists have developed a high-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean.
  • Scientists from MACS- Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have developed this variety.

Key takeaways 

  • This newly developed variety is called MACS 1407. 
  • It is suitable for cultivation in Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and North-Eastern states. 
  • Its seeds will be made available to farmers for sowing during the 2022 Kharif season.
  • In 2019, India produced around 90 million tons of soybean. 
  • Soybean is widely cultivated as oil seeds and a cheap source of protein for animal feed and many packaged meals. 
  • India is striving to be among the world’s major producers of soybean.
  • High-yielding, disease resistant varieties of the legume can help achieve this target.

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