MACS 1407 – A New Soybean Variety Has Been Produced

01 May 2021 Current Affairs:Scientists in India have produced a pest-resistant, high-yielding soybean variety. MACS 1407, a newly developed variety, is suitable for cultivation in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Chhattisgarh, and the North-Eastern states, and its seeds will be available to farmers for sowing during the 2022 Kharif season.

About MACS 1407:
♦ In collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, scientists from MACS – Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, created the new variety. 
♦ The variety was created using the traditional cross-breeding method.
♦ It is suitable for rain-fed conditions in northeast India.
♦ Its seeds have 19.81 per cent oil content, 41 per cent protein content, and good germinability.

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