— The Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (KADA) plans to introduce two new rice varieties, U-Putra and NMR 152, which can produce more yields, better quality as well as disease-resistant, in June.
Its chairman, Datuk Kamarudin Md Nor said the U-Putra variety was an innovation by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the NMR 152 by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency (ANM).
“We expect the planting of these new rice varieties to start in the coming season in June. For this pilot stage, it will involve a land area of between four and 10 hectares,” he said.
He told reporters this at the Merdeka Meranti, Senor and Bakong estate revenue and tithe distribution ceremony at the Kubang Bunut Area Farmers Organisation (PPK) here today, which was also attended by KADA general manager Nik Roslan Idris.
Kamarudin also said the maturity period of the new variety of paddy was shorter, only around 100 days compared to the usual 110 days.
“In fact, according to the results of previous studies, these new rice seeds are also able to yield production twice as much compared to regular rice seeds. The U-Putra variety can produce up to 10.2 tonnes per hectare and the NMR 152 yield 11 tonnes per hectare,” he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency