A Belgaum-based agro-businessman and researcher has developed a new variety of rice that is reportedly healthier than the varieties in use, and has applied for a patent.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, researcher Girish Hattaraki said the new variety, which he has named ‘Godhumshali Healthy Rice’, had several health benefits.

It has been tested by a Pune-based laboratory accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories), Mr. Hattaraki added.