Chennai, Feb 16( BPNS)
To commemorate the International year of Millets 2023, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has introduced four new varieties of Millets.
The new varieties that are introduced are Peal millet hybrid COH10, Sorghum K13, Kudiraivali ATL1 and Panivaragu ATL2.
TNAU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Geethalakshmi in a statement said that other than the four varieties of millet, the university research department has introduced 23 new crop varieties. This includes 16 agriculture crops, 4 tree varieties, and three horticulture crops.
It may be noted that the United Nations have declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets at the proposal of India.
The Horticulture crops include two varieties of Ridge Gourd and a variety of Jasmine. The university has also developed new tree varieties for supporting the afforestation programme of the state government. This includes silk cotton, red sanders, casuarina, and khaya trees which can be bought by farmers from the agricultural university.
The Vice-Chancellor in the statement said that the farm yield has to increase in accordance with the rising population of the country without compromising on the nutritional value and quality.
She also said that the changing weather patterns were becoming a threat to farming and agriculture and pointed out the loss of crops that were about to be harvested in unprecedented rains in the Delta belt.