9th April 2017, Jorhat, Assam
Shri Atul Bora, Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Assam inaugurated 52nd Annual Rice Research Group Meeting at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat today.
Shri Bora urged to develop varieties for multiple stresses like drought, flood instead of varieties for a single stress, thus it could be ‘one solution for many problems’ and highlighted the development of two mega varieties ‘Ranjit-Sub1’ and ‘Bahadur-Sub1’ and called for the development of drought tolerant varieties. called for commitment for technological innovations in the rice farming from the group to meet the national and international expectations and making rice cultivation as remunerative for farmers.
Dr.K.M.Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University briefed about the achievements of AAU, Jorhat. He underscored the importance of rice in agriculture scenario of the state and indicated the development of two submergence tolerance varieties in collaboration with IRRI. With the Assam Corridor Initiative, he suggested the trade opportunities of sticky rice, black rice and Joha rice. He also emphasized for research and development for the technologies to cover value chain from land to mouth targeting the increased productivity.
Dr.V.Ravindra Babu, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad briefed the status of rainfall, pest and diseases scenario and varieties released through SVRC and CVRC. He pointed out the flagship programs of IIRR addressing yield, resource use efficiency, multiple resistances, pre breeding, grain quality, sustainability, soil health focusing on conservation, cultivation, consumption and commerce. In his concluding remarks, he indicated the fruitful collaborations of IIRR, NRRI and IRRI for enhancing rice production and productivity.
Dr I S Solanki, ADG (FFC), ICAR complimented the contribution of AICRIP in the country’s record food grain production of 270 million tons with contribution of 109 million tons and impact of the largest AICRP group with 45 funding and 100 voluntary centers with 196 scientists. He mentioned about the major outbreaks of pests and diseases of rice in the last season and also impact of demonstrated technologies through FLDs.
Seven best AICRP centres and Six innovative farmers were felicitated by the dignitaries. Publications were also released during the occasion.
About four hundred rice scientists from all over the country participated in the meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad)