Surjeet Singh (63), a progressive farmer from Karnal, Haryana developed Surjeet Basmati 1, a high-yielding and salt tolerant basmati variety through selection method. Starting with the Pusa 1460 variety in 2008, he continued the selection process and was able to stabilise the desirable characteristics such as high yield (55-60 quintals/ha), grain length of 11.16 mm and resistance to diseases like foot-rot and sheath blight in the new variety by 2011. His innovation won the NIF Award (National Second – Plant Variety) in 2015.