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Since 2007, IRRI, through the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project in partnership with Africa Rice, has developed and delivered rice varieties tolerant to abiotic stresses, benefitting nearly 18 million farmers in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa who cultivate rice in unfavorable environments
Drought-tolerant rice Varieties
Sahbhagi dhan / BRRI dhan 56 / Sukha dhan 3 (IR 74371-70-1-1)
Salient features: Releaseed in 2009, Sahbhagi Dhan is the first conventionally bred drought-tolerant variety for commercial cultivation in India. It has the potential to survive well under drought conditions due to its ability to take moisture from deeper layers of soil. It is resistant to leaf folder, whorl maggot, white backed plant hopper, brown plant hopper, gall midge, hispa thrips, leaf blast and rice tungro virus. This variety is released in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Parent variety: IR 554194*2/WAY RAREM
Duration in days: 105-110
Suitable land type: Medium and upland
Grain type: Medium slender
Plant height: 95-105 cm
Yield: 4-4.7 t/ha
DRR 42 (IR64-Drt1, IR 87707-445-B-B-RP 5208-3; IET 22836)
Salient features: DRR 42 is the improved version of the popular IR 64 variety. Along with drought-tolerance potential, it has an added advantage of high yield production. This variety is tolerant to drought, especially drought at flowering and grain filling stage, resistant to blast, moderately resistant to bacterial blight and brown spot.
Parent variety: Aday Sel/*3 IR 64
Year of notification: 2014
Suitable land type: Medium or Upland
Grain type: Long slender
Plant height: 100-105 cm
Yield: 5-5.5 t/ha
DRR 43 (IR 83876-B-B-RP 5124-11-6-2; IET 22080
Salent features: This variety is the sister line of DRR 42 and has been released for commercial cultivation in India. Apart from good yield potential and drought tolerance, it has good grain quality and is resistant to blast, and moderately resistant to bacterial leaf blight, brown planthopper, and white-backed planthopper.