3rd November, 2018, Hyderabad
ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad organized Seed and Farmers day here today.
Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice Chancellor, PJTSAU, Chief Guest addressed the concerns of the farmers and various Government policies for uplifting of farm income. He appreciated the efforts of IIRR Scientists for developing and popularizing rice varieties, various training activities, use of digital technologies etc. and also stressed on the importance of water in rice production, alternate methods for “more crop per drop” and introducting GIS, Remote sensing and drones in disseminating the models in his inaugural address.
Dr. K. Krishnaiah, Former Director, DRR, Guest of Honour emphasized the need for popularisation of the technologies developed by the IIRR for the benefit of the farming community especially Telangana.
Dr. S.V.S Sastry, Former Director, Special guest addressed the gathering through his video message on the importance of AICRIP system on rice research and need for co-ordinated efforts to enhance the rice productivity and profitability.
Dr. S.R. Voleti, Director, highlighted the role of IIRR in serving the interests of rice farmers across the country and importance of first high yielding variety Jaya. He briefed about various programmes and activities being carried out at the Institute to address the challenging problems of the rice farming community and new initiatives taken for meeting food and nutrition security of India.
An exhibition was put up displaying technologies developed by IIRR including 52 high yielding rice varieties, rice germplasm, mechanised transplanting, INM and IPM technologies, various crop establishment methods along with water saving techniques.
Other ICAR institutes located at Hyderabad, Prof. Jaishankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) and 4 private agro-input agencies participated in the exhibition.
A mobile App on Rice IPM (which covers the diagnosis and management of pests, diseases and weeds of Rice), a bulletin on advanced technologies to improve rice production and a note on activities of IIRR were released and distributed to farmers on the occasion..
Eleven progressive farmers were felicitated for their outstanding contribution in the field of rice production.
About 500 farmers across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka states participated in the one day mega event.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad )