CRRI bags Krishi Sansthan Samman

21st February, 2013, New Delhi

CRRI won the Krishi Sansthan Samman 2013 of Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards (MSIAA) instituted by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. in partnership with Zee News. The MSIAA carries a cash prize of Rs. 2,11,000 and a trophy. Dr. T. Mohapatra, received the award on behalf of the institute from Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India in a ceremony held on February 21, 2013 at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi. The institute bagged this prestigious award for developing hybrid rice variety - CR Dhan 701 and drought tolerant variety Sahabhagidhan which sustainably improved the income of farmers.

CR Dhan 701 is first of its kind in the country having maturity duration of 145 days and suitable for shallow rainfed lowland ecosystem. It exhibits significant yield superiority over popular varieties in this ecosystem. It is also resistant to leaf blast, and yields 4 to 6 t/ha with medium-slender grains. Sahabhagidhan is suitable for water limited environments including rainfed uplands. It is resistant to leaf blast and moderately resistant to brown spot, sheath rot, stem borer and leaf folder with good cooking quality. This variety is widely adopted in Bihar, Jharkhand and other states of Eastern India.

(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)