The CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Hisar, is focusing on development of a variety of rice that will require much less water for cultivation than the traditional varieties.

Stating this on Wednesday, HAU Director of Research R.P. Narwal said that to save irrigation water in cultivation of rice, one of the promising approaches could be to develop aerobic rice that combined the drought- resistant characteristics of upland varieties, grown on non-flooded sloping islands, with high yielding traits of lowland varieties that are grown in irrigated flooded fields.

Research on development of water-efficient “aerobic'' Indica and Basmati rice varieties had already been initiated by a team of scientists of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department and Rice Research Station, Kaul, he added.