Biotech Farmer Hub project operated in the district which is funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, New Delhi and under this, the farmers of Bagdongri village identified for the project will be given bio-fortified variety of paddy Ginkgo Rice for 40 acres of land. been distributed. This variety of paddy has been developed by the state’s only agricultural university, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur. It is a better option to fight malnutrition in rural areas. Since the zinc content in it is about 25 to 27 ppm, which is much higher than the amount found in normal rice varieties. Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s agronomist Manish Verma informed that about 60 to 70 percent population of the state suffers from deficiency of zinc, iron and vitamin A. In such a situation, this variety of paddy will prove to be effective in fighting malnutrition in tribal-dominated areas.
Under this project, all technical advice including farmer training is being given to the farmers by the Young Professional Aanchal Nag of the project.