IIHR launches portal for online sale of seeds 

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The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in Bengaluru has launched a seed portal through which people living anywhere in the country can get quality seeds at their doorstep after paying online. 

  • It aims to take quality seeds to remote places that do not have access to quality plant material.
  • Said to be the country’s first such seed portal from a public sector unit in horticulture with a wide range of seeds, it offers more than 60 high-yielding varieties of seeds for vegetables, flowers and fruit crops.
  • Environment protection will also get a boost as the use of pesticides will reduce since IIHR varieties have resistance to many diseases. 
  • IIHR has branded all of its seeds with the prefix “Arka”, as it is located on the banks of river Arkavathi. 
  • Some of the popular varieties of vegetable crops developed by the IIHR include tomato (Arka Rakshak), chilli (Arka Meghana), onion (Arka Kalyan), ridge gourd (Arka Prasan), French beans (Arka Arjun), and okra (Arka Nikita and Arka Anamika).
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