ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute (ICAR-CRRI), Cuttack organised the ‘Farm Innovators Day and BGREI Scientists-Farmers Interaction Meet’ in its premises. Apart from Central and State government officials, the programme was attended by over 250 innovative / progressive farmers.
While inaugurating the event, Ranglal Jamuda, Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, emphasised on seed, soil and water for sustaining agricultural production in the state, and stressed the need for addressing problem in soils and micronutrients deficiency. He advised the scientists to develop improved varieties suitable for various abiotic and biotic stress situations like flood, submergence, drought, salinity and alkalinity that afflict Indian soils. He appealed the farming communities to take advantages of the varieties and technologies developed by CRRI.
Dr. PK Meherda, Commissioner-cum-Director, Dept. of Agriculture and Food Production, Odisha, said that progress in agriculture sector was impossible without seeds of improved varieties, technologies, farm machineries and efforts of our farmers. He also thanked the farmers and acknowledged them for their hard work and contributions in increasing food production, for which the state was awarded thrice with ‘Krishi Karman Award’ by the Govt. of India in last four years.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, highlighted the achievements of the institute, specially the recently released varieties and their suitability for diverse ecologies. He spoke on the objectives of the porogramme, inspired the farmers and summarised the suggestions for taking further actions.
Three extension bulletins on ‘CRRI rice varieties for diverse ecologies’, ‘Rice nematodes and their management’, and ‘Agro-climatic characterisation for crop planning in water stress prone area of Ganjam’ were released. An exhibition displaying CRRI technologies and implements was also organised on the occasion.