In FY 2010-11, Rasi Seeds recorded a
growth of just 3.7% but the company is expected to make substantial
gains during the current fiscal
of agri-biotechnology products
273, Kamrajnagar Road, Attur, Salem-636102
Rasi Seeds reported biotech sales revenue of
371.88 crore in FY 2010-11 as compared to
358.78 crore in FY 2009-10.
The reasons behind the sluggish growth has been attributed to decrease
in seed production due to heavy rainfall, which lashed parts of Tamil
Nadu in December 2009.
Rasi Seeds made rapid advances in seed production and supply ventures
and has reached a commendable position by investing in R&D
initiatives. The company has sold about 42.5 lakh packets of Bt cotton
hybrids in nine states during the 2010 kharif season.
Rasi Seeds received approval for the commercial release of RCH 2 Bt in
the year 2004 and has subsequently developed an impressive line-up of
25 products under Bt and BG II, including RCH 134 Bt, RCH 20 Bt, RCH
118 Bt, RCH 138 Bt, RCH 2 BG II, RCH 515 BG II and RCH 530 BG II among
The company also released RCHB 708 Bt under ELS segment, which is being
rated as a high yielding hybrid. Rasi has about 10,000 farmers for
direct seed production. Rasi Seeds is committed to serve the Indian
farmers by following new and powerful technologies in crop improvement.
It has set up state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratories and crop
breeding facilities at Attur, near Salem, Tamil Nadu, with an
10 crore in 2008.
The R&D facility of Rasi has got recognition from the Department of
Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology,
Government of India.
The R&D center has laboratories for biotech research, crops
research and germplsam conservation. It also has an insect bioassay
laboratory, library, documentation and other facilities spread across
an area of 40,000 sq ft. Its biotech labs are equipped with modern
equipments such as PCR machines, refrigerated centrifuges, DNA gel
documentation system and various DNA electrophoresis systems, including
nucleotide sequencing facility and freeze-dryers.
In addition, the R & D center is well equipped with infrastructural
facilities that include, research farm of 140 acres, a 55,000 sq ft
transgenic greenhouse, seed quality control laboratory and
state-of-the-art seed processing facilities.
The crop biotechnology activities are carried out in a well equipped
plant molecular biology laboratory.
The thrust of the center is now on marker assisted selection, using DNA
markers for several important traits in crops such as rice, wheat,
cotton and vegetables. This will involve integration of crop breeding
and biotechnology, including bioinformatics.
Rasi Seeds plans to intensify its transgenic research in different
field crops and vegetables for agronomically important traits besides
quality traits. Rasi Seeds had signed an MoU with the (Indian
Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, in 2008 for seed
production of public rice hybrid Pusa RH 10 and marketing of the same
in the north zone of the country.