Remarkable progress in development of
hybrid rice technology has been made in India over the last 12 years.
First rice hybrids have been developed and introduced to Indian
agriculture in 1994. So far 13 public and three private sector hybrids
have been released for general cultivation by the Central and State
Variety Release Committees. Seed production of about 5-6 hybrids
is being taken up on large scale, predominantly by the private seed
sector. About 3500-4000 tons of hybrid seed is being produced annually
and it is estimated that around 200,000 hectares are planted to
hybrid rice annually in India.
It is envisaged to depict the progress made in various components
of hybrid rice technology such as technology generation, large scale
seed production as well as transfer of technology in India, on this
website. Besides, it is also planned to include significant aspects
of progress made on hybrid rice globally. All other related information
and events of interest will also be on this website. Please send
your views and suggestions, as well as information, if any, for
improvement of this website so that its usefulness can be enhanced.
The site will be updated every month and your useful suggestions
and information given will be incorporated. E-mail addresses
for contacts have been given in this website under "Contact
are grateful to the UNDP, not only for their generous support
for the hybrid rice program in India over the years, but also for
specifically suggesting and sponsoring to launch this website on
hybrid rice in India.