Cuttak, 23rd April, 2012
The Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack celebrated the 66th Foundation Day on 23rd April, 2012. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was the Chief Guest of the function. Addressing to the CRRI family and farming fraternity, he emphasized upon anticipatory and participatory research for fulfilling the aims of National Food Security bill and meeting the challenges of the farm sector. He said that the country achieved the all time record, 100 million tones rice production in the year 2012, now we should aim at 150 million tonnes production of rice by 2030. Prof. Swaminathan expressed his satisfaction on the efforts made by the scientists of CRRI in developing a good numbers of rice varieties for different ecologies. He advised the scientists to initiate work on below sea level farming-a concept which has received widespread attention in view of global warming and rise in sea level, and post harvest opportunities. In order to make farming more popular among the mahila kisan and youngsters, an action-plan needs to be prepared for the International Year of Family Farmers’.
Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Prof. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR, suggested to change rice farming into agri-business ventures for generating good price, income and better employment opportunities.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director of the institute highlighted the significant achievements of the institute and future challenges of rice research.
About 300 farmers including farm women, scientists and students attended the function. Field visit, exhibition, farmers-scientists interaction and Kisan Gosti were organized for capacity building of the farmers. Ten progressive farmers were honoured for their innovative steps in rice production and adoption of CRRI technologies, and nine retired scientists of CRRI were also felicitated for their outstanding contribution to rice research. The function was marked by releasing nine publications on different aspect of rice and awarding Best Workers among the staff in various categories.
3rd Foundation Day Lecture organized
On eve of the 66th Foundation Day, the institute organized the 3rd Foundation Day Lecture on 21st April, 2012. Prof. B.C. Tripathy, Vice-chancellor, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack was the guest speaker. He spoke on “Increasing carbon and nitrogen use efficiency of plants–A genetic approach.”
(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)