After the introduction of highyielding rice varieties in the 1960s, breeding programs were started in India to develop high-yielding semidwarf lines. One decade later, research efforts focused on developing high-yielding quality rice. Both customers and farmers appreciate fi ne-grained quality rice as it fetches a high market price. Rajendra Sweta (RAU710-99-22) was developed from the cross Sita/Pusa Basmati-1//Katarni,varieties with superior grain quality and high yield potential. The State Variety Release Committee of Bihar approved the release of Rajendra Sweta for the irrigated ecosystem in 2004.