Climate resilient crop varieties for sustainable food production under aberrant weather conditions
Indian National Agricultural Research System (NARS), including various ICAR Institute of State Agricultural Universities, has been making concerted efforts over the past several decades for developing improved genotypes in different crops with enhance tolerance to various abiotic stresses to cope with weather aberrations. These efforts have resulted in successful adoption of such varieties tolerant to drought, flooding, heat and other stresses in various regions across the country. This publication attempts to present information on available crop varieties that are suitable for cultivation under stresses like drought, heat, cold, salinity and flooding with details on agro-climatic zones and possible sources of seed availability. Strategies to ensure access to resilient crop varieties have been dealt in the document with focus on institutional interventions such as community seed banks and seed villages.