The Centre may part-fund a research project of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) to develop a guar variety that can mature in less duration because export of the commodity from the state has been increasing.
“If you agree to a cess on guar exports from your state the Centre is ready to contribute a matching share,” Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh told Haryana’s guar exporters. at a meet here to discuss the need for developing less duration variety of the crop.
An agreement between Shellac Export Promotion Council, Centre’s promotion body for guar, Haryana’s guar exporters and HAU could be possible, Ramesh said after exporters agreed to his proposal.
The minister also reviewed the activities of the HAU in developing new varieties of different seeds that can help promote agricultural exports from Haryana.
There was a need to bring states like Rajasthan and Haryana to the mainstream of exports and guar as an arid zone crop was the most suitable option due to its potential in the overseas market, Ramesh said.
Currently, HG 365 and HG 563 varieties of guar seeds developed by HAU with a duration of 85-100 days maturity period are in cultivation in the state.
“Two more varieties - HG 870 and HG 2-20 - will also be released for commercialisation soon,” a senior scientist at HAU, Jai Vir Singh, said, adding both varieties have a maturity period of 75 days.