Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said that initiatives taken by the Central Government for the welfare of farmers have started showing positive results and agriculture scientists are working hard to improve the conditions of farming and farmers in the country.
Addressing a public meeting at Kandarpur, Cuttack, Odisha Singh said that the scientists of National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack have developed CR Paddy 310 for the first time in the world which contains 11 percent protein while other species of rice generally contain protein only 6-7 percent.
He said that the NRRI is carrying out researches on Doubled Haploid. “They are developing a technique which after having been successful will lead the farmers not to purchase the seed of hybrid rice species from the market. Through this technique the properties of hybrid rice will be transferred to other rice species,” the Minister added.
He said that the NRRI continuously trying to make the rice farming beneficial and lasting.
The premium institute has celebrated its 70th foundation day on last 23rd April. On 23rd April, 1946 Central Rice Research Institute was set up. The Minister said that while keeping in view the achievements of CRRI it has been elevated as National Rice Research Institute by imparting its status as National Institute. The Institute has steered groundbreaking research in development of high-yield rice varieties that have contributed immensely to achievement of self-sufficiency in rice production.
“Looking at the significant contribution of the Institute, it has been identified as the nodal agency for planning, implementation and monitoring of the ‘Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI)’ programme supported by the Government of India and I am sure the success story of the green revolution will again be replicated by the Institute in Eastern region, specially under rainfed situation,” Singh said.
The Minister appreciated scientists at NRRI for developing a Mobile App ‘riceXpert’, the unique IT-enabled handheld mobile App. It will provide information to farmers in real time on insect pests, nutrients, weeds, nematodes and disease-related problems, rice varieties for different ecologies, farm implements for different field and post- harvest operations. The app has web-based application systems which facilitates flow of information from the farmer to the farm scientist and get their instant solution. The farmers can send the photo and voice through this mobile app. This would be a real boon to farmers.
The Minister said that these continuous efforts of the Institute have immensely contributed towards increasing rice production from 20.3 million tons in 1950-51 to an all time high of more than 106 million tons in 2013-14 and helped ensuring food security.