Biofortified Varieties of Crops

Biofortified Varieties of Agricultural Crops


Biofortification is a process of improving the nutritional quality of food crops. This can be achieved through agronomic practices, traditional breeding or through biotechnology-based means such as genetic engineering and genome editing.

About Biofortified Varieties

Biofortified varieties refer to crops that have been fortified with the addition of higher levels of essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

These biofortified varieties of crops are rich in nutrients. The 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of 8 crops having up to 3.0-fold increase in nutritional value were dedicated to the Nation by the Prime Minister on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 16th October 2020.

Biofortified Varieties of Crops

List of Varieties of Agricultural Crops is mentioned below:





CR Dhan 315

High Zn


- HI 1633

- HD 3298

- DBW 303, DDW 48

- Rich in protein, Fe and Zn

- Rich in protein and Fe

- Rich in protein


Ladhowal Quality Protein Maize Hybrid 1, 2 and 3

Rich in lysine and tryptophan

Finger millet

CFMV1 and 2

Rich in Ca, Fe and Zn

Little millet


Rich in Fe and Zn


Pusa Mustard 32

Low erucic acid


Girnar 4 and 5

Enhanced oleic acid


Sri Neelima, DA 340

Enhanced Zn, Fe and anthocyanin content

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