Variety Approval, Release and
Registration Sub-Committee under National Seed
Board that met on 28 January 2007 officially released
and registered a new rice variety named "Khumal-8"
(NR 10353-8-2-1) along with complete package of
practices for farmers to cultivate in different
agro-ecological condition in mid and low hills.
The new rice variety released
after 15 years' research and experiment at different
research stations, disciplinary divisions and
farmers' fields at different locations coordinated
by Agri-Botany Division of NARC. The variety has
been recommended to cultivate in foot-hills, tar,
river basin and mid-hills under semi-irrigated
and irrigated condition in fertile soil.
The rice variety: "Khumal-8"
was developed in Nepal with cross between "Jumli
Marshi" and "IR-36" and was evaluated
at the Division, research stations and in multi-location
testing sites with Coordinated Varietal Trial
(CVT), Coordinated Farmers’ Field Trials
at locations in different districts. It has small
sized grain, short plant height, good milling
recovery and good taste similar to Pokhareli Mashino
that gives high price. It is resistant to insect
pest and lodging. It has an yield potential of
9,776 kg/ha and maturity period of 158 days from
The meeting of the Sub-Committee
was held under the Chairmanship of Dr. Nanda Prasad
Shrestha, Executive Director of NARC in Lalitpur.