The role of improved high-yielding cultivars in attaining enhanced agricultural productivity is well known and well documented. Of course, there are other factors such as beer management, input support, and irrigation facilities that supplemented the performance of semi-dwarf high-yielding wheat and rice varieties during the Green Revolution period, but the improved varieties have been the single most effective delivery system for showcasing genetic combinations at farmers’ fields. Improved varieties are the result of years of hard work by a team of dedicated researchers and are a silent harbinger of peace, progress, and overall upliftment of society. CCS HAU Hisar has played a pivotal role in the State and Nation’s agriculture by evolving 265 varieties of various crops including cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fiber and sugar crops, vegetables, and fruit crops since its inception in 1970. The varieties have been developed for characteristics like improved productivity, biotic and abiotic stress resistance, and improved nutrient composition. Many of these varieties have been recommended at the National and State level and some of these have attained landmark status in the country the food grain production of the state has increased from 4.8 million tons in 1970-71 to 18.4 million tons in 2019-20.
So far, CCS HAU has released 265 crop varieties/hybrids in 56 different crops, which is a great achievement by the Crop Improvement group. An effort has been made to collate all the varieties/hybrids released by the university since its inception, in this book entitled, “Varieties of CCSHAU: Continued Efforts Towards Food Security”, highlighting their yield potential along with major characters and area of release. It will help in achieving self-sufficiency in food and feed production.