8th March 2015, Gerua
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR inaugurated the newly constructed Office-cum-Laboratory building of Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research station (RRLRRS), ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Gerua, Assam on 08.03.2015. In his address, Dr Ayyappan remarked ‘Rice is Life’ and emphasized upon adoption of rice-based farming and cropping system for sustainable food and nutritional security. He stressed upon integration of different doable technologies available with ICAR to make rice-based farming a profitable venture even for the small and marginal farmers.
On this occasion, an interactive meeting of researchers, extension officials, NGOs, farmers and other stakeholders was also organized. Altogether 238 farmers from different districts of Assam participated in the meeting of which 96 were women. As the inauguration day coincided with the International Women’s Day, progressive farmers, particularly farm women, were felicitated and provided with 5 kg mini kits of rice variety ‘Chandrama’ to mark the occasion.
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI highlighted the rice and rice-based technologies available with CRRI to cater to the needs of the rice farming community and urged the farmers to remain in touch with different research and extension institutions located in the region in order to update with recent technological developments and to harness their benefits.
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for North Eastern Hill Region, Umiam (Meghalaya) emphasized upon crop diversification and utilization of rice fallow with inclusion of short duration pulses and oilseed crops for higher crop productivity and farm income.
Dr. D. K. Sarma, Director, National Research Centre on Pig, Rani (Assam) suggested integration of piggery in rice-based production system for ensuring high income level to rice farmers.
Dr. K. B. Pun, Officer In-Charge, RRLRRS, Gerua, who along with his colleagues organized the events, offered vote of thanks.
(Source: Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research station (RRLRRS), ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Gerua)