The University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, has released some high-yielding and disease-resistant varieties of crops, said C.R. Konda, head of the Agricultural Research Station, here on Thursday. He was speaking at a pre-monsoon training programme for farmers at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).

Green gram varieties, such as ‘Selection–4 and ‘BGS-9’ have gained popularity across the State.

They are easier to harvest and fetch a higher price than their traditional counterparts, he said. UAS will also introduce new varieties of black gram, red gram and soya which are high-yielding and more profitable.

Field trials of a new variety of the traditional aromatic ‘ratan sagar’ rice are nearly complete, he added.

‘Save seeds’

Mr. Konda urged farmers to save seeds and not depend on the government or seed-producing private companies in the sowing season. “Seed-saving is part of our farming culture. We should continue to save and protect seeds,” he said.

Ravi Deshmukh, programme coordinator, said farmers could sell their produce in stalls on the KVK campus, and advertise their products on the KVK website (

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