Pakistan approves new rice varieties approved for commercial cultivation

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The Rice Variety Evaluation Committee of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council approved nine hybrid and one long-grain rice varieties for commercial use.

The new varieties are expected to replace low-yielding varieties in the next kharif season.

The hybrid rice varieties can produce 15% to 20% more yield compared to inbred rice grown under similar conditions.

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