3rd April 2016, Raipur
Shri Balramji Dass Tandon, Hon’ble Governor of Chattisgarh, inaugurated 51st Annual Rice Research Group Meeting at the Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur today. In his address, he called for the depth in deliberations for rice varietal improvement and development of good rice varieties which can be grown under less water. He also emphasized on ‘nutraceutical rices’ and pointed out the need for the enhancement of profitability of rice cultivation by multiple crops and also its integration with fisheries and poultry.
Sri Brij Mohan Agarwal, Minister for Agriculture, Chhattisgarh stressed to focus on rice value added products and also to exploit the standing water in rice crop for more than one month for growing other crops.
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary DARE and Director General, ICAR commended the efforts of the AICRIP for its role in achieving the stable rice production of >100 mt and >10 mt of exports earning Rs 40,000 crores per annum even under reported drought situation since past two years. Release of two varieties viz., high protein rice and high zinc rice through AICRIP have been the bright examples for mounting the research efforts to achieve the nutritional security targeting the malnutrition, he added.
Dr Matthew Morell, Director General, International Rice Research Institute, recollected the longstanding relationship between IRRI and India for the benefit of the rice farmers.
Dr. S. K. Patil, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur highlighted the importance of rice crop in livelihoods of millions of farmers in Chattisgarh and across nation.
Dr. V. Ravindra Babu, Director, ICAR- IIRR emphasized the AICRIP being a largest coordinated network project for a single crop consisting of 45 funded centres, State Agriculture Universities, Dept of Agriculture and seed companies with a mandate of coordination of research activities for the benefit of rice farmers.
Four publications, viz. “ 50 years of AICRIP- A way forward, IIRR, Hyderabad”, “ Changes in rice diseases in India – An analysis of production changes, IIRR, Hyderabad”, “Catalogue of indigenous germplasm, IGKV, Raipur” and “ Rice varieties developed and released by IGKV, Raipur” were released by the dignitaries.
About four hundred rice scientists are participated in the meeting.
(Source: Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad)