Nuklear Malaysia will increase production of IS21 seeds and expand cultivation nationwide

Malacca, June 28 (Bernama)-Malaysia Atomic Energy Agency (Nuklear Malaysia) will increase the production of IS21 paddy seeds to be distributed to farmers and expand the cultivation of high quality varieties nationwide.

Secretary Abdur Rahim Harun said the current quota for IS21 seeds produced using nuclear technology using gamma-induced mutagenesis is 4,800 metric tons per season.

“The maturity of IS21 rice is similar to other varieties, but it is characterized by high quality, resistance to unpredictable weather changes such as droughts and floods, and can survive about 20 days of submersion. , Farmers do not need to replant. Save crops and therefore costs.

“The seeds respond well with minimal fertilizer use, are disease resistant to rice blast, reduce yields, and do not require many pesticides to combat the disease.” Said.

Also attended was Datuk Abang Sallehuddin Abang Shokeran, Secretary of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP).

To further comment, Abdur Rahim has so far planted IS21 paddy seeds in several areas of 70,000 hectares nationwide, including Selangor, Johor and Kelantan, with 40,000 farmers since its introduction in November last year. He said he participated.

He said the IS21 paddy seed production plant was developed by Nuclair, Malaysia in collaboration with a legal paddy field production company in Selangor, Selangor, and costs about RM2 million through research and development by the Ministry of Science and Technology Innovation (MOSTI). Said. The (R & D) fund will be in the final stage in September.

“Once the plant is ready, we can produce high quality International Standards Procedures (SOP) seeds for farmers, increase crop production and increase income more than before,” he said. ..


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