News » Minister of Agriculture Released Two HYV of Rice “Agritan GSR”

(adm/Aug 21, 2017)

In the Auditorium of the Ministry of Agriculture- Republic of Indonesia on Monday (21/08/2017), the Minister, Dr.  Ir. H. Andi Amran Sulaiman, MP launched two High Yield Varieties (HYV) of rice: Inpari 42 Agritan Green Super Rice (GSR) and Inpari 43 Agritan GSR. It has been claimed that these HYVs are environmentally friendly, which have a potential yield about 10 tons/ha.

Minister of Agriculture said that seedlings of these HYVs are able to reduce inputs such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and water. In addition, Agritan GSR varieties are also able to generate high production in sub-optimum conditions, such as drought and flood (amphibian). Either so on its resistance towards plant hoppers infestation.

The term Super emphasizes its ability to produce high yields whereas the term Green emphasizes its ability to produce high yields despite relatively low farm input conditions. Characteristic of Inpari 42 Agritan GSR on age 112 days after seedling among others: potential yield about 10.6 tons/ha, soft texture of rice, 18.8% amylose content, 69.4% yield of milled rice and moderately resistant to brown plant hoppers biotype 1. It is also moderately resistant to bacterial leaf blight of patotype III, resistant to leaf blast race 073 as well as resistant to leaf blast 033. Meanwhile, Inpari 43 Agritan GSR on age 111 days after seedlings has a characteristics of potential yield 9.2 tons/ha, soft texture of rice, 19.0% amylose content, 70.1% yield of milled rice, tolerant to bacterial leaf blight of patotype III, moderately resistant to bacterial leaf blight of patotype IV and VIII. Also resistant to leaf blast race 073 and race 133, and rather resistant to leaf blast 033.

Two varieties are proven to circumvent brown plant hopper and drought. This variety has been tested under conditions of brown plant hopper outbreaks in Karawang, Indramayu, Cilacap, Banyumas, and Kebumen. Furthermore, local farmers are interested to plant both varieties widely and sustainably. Both varieties of GSR also have a high yield of rice (rendemen) more than 65%.

As its physical appearance, the rice from Inpari 42 Agritan GSR and 43 Agritan GSR is preferred by most Indonesian because of clear appearance like crystal and soft texture of its rice.

Seed of Inpari 42 Agritan GSR and Inpari 43 Agritan GSR have been produced in the Production Unit of Seed Sources (UPBS) of Indonesia Rice Research Institute (ICRR) and distributed to related parties, such as UPBS at Agricultural Institute for Technology Assessment (AIAT/BPTP), and other seed producers.

Up to July 2017, UPBS of ICRR has distributed the breeder seeds each of 1.4 tons and 1.3 tons, respectively in West Java and Central Java Provinces. Currently, the stocks of those seeds are available for about 3.5 tons and 5.3 tons of breeder seeds. Hopefully, the seeds will continue to spread and affect the welfare of farmers in Indonesia. (vwh)

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