हिंदी कार्यशाला का आयोजन
राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान, कटक में दिनांक 5.12.2016 ‘यूनिकोड प्रणाली की सहायता से कंप्यूटर में हिंदी टंकण’ विषय पर संस्थान के तकनीकी  एवं प्रशासनिक कर्मचारियों  लिए एक दिवसीय हिंदी कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक निदेशक ने इसकी अध्यक्षता की। डॉ. बन बिहारी साहु, प्रबंधक, (राजभाषा), भारतीय स्टेट बैंक, संबलपुर क्षेत्रीय प्रशासनिक कार्यालय, संबलपुर को इस कार्यालय में उपरोक्त विषय पर व्याख्यान देने के लिए आमंत्रित किया गया था। इस कार्यशाला में संस्थान के दस तकनीकी एवं चार प्रशासनिक कर्मचारियों  ने भाग लिया था।


 







World Soil Health Day celebration at KVK Koderma
World Soil Health Day was celebrated on 5th December, 2016 at KVK Koderma. It also organized Kisan Gosthi (re-(Rabi) simultaneously and both the events were inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. (Smt.) Neera Yadav,
Honorable Education Minister, Government of Jharkhand.  Program was presided over by Officer-In-Charge, CRURRS, Hazaribag, who welcomed the chief guest, other dignitaries and the farmers present on the occasion. A technical bulletin “Mrida Parikshan Ka Mahatva Evam Takneek” published by the KVK, Koderma, was released by the Chief Guest. Forty-five ‘Soil Health Cards’ were distributed among farmers. Deputy District Manager, NABARD, District Agriculture Officer, Koderma, Block development Officer, Jainagar and LDM also informed the participating farmers about various services rendered by their departments. Various agencies and Line departments viz., ATMA, Bank of India, BAIF institute, input dealers, KVK, Koderma and CRURRS, Hazaribag exhibited their technologies in the stalls set up in the exhibition. Visit of the stalls was followed by the visit to field demonstration of protective vegetable cultivation and the later was highly appreciated by the Chief Guest. Staff of CRURRS, Hazaribag and KVK Koderma was acknowledged by the Chief Guest for its active involvement in technology dissemination to farming community. About 200 farmers from various blocks of Koderma district participated in this event.











KVK Cuttack celebrated World Soil Day and Pre-Rabi Mela, 2016
KVK Cuttack organized Pre-Rabi Mela & World Soil Day awareness programme on the theme “Soils & Pulses: symbiosis for life” at ICAR- National Rice Research Institute on 5th December, 2016. Dr. Debaraj Panda, Ex-Director, WALMI, Cuttack and eminent Soil Scientist & Chief Guest of the programme laid emphasis on importance of soil health maintenance & distributed 470 Soil Health Cards. Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack discussed about the importance of proper soil sampling and restitution of nutrients into soil for maintenance of soil fertility and getting optimal production. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Head, Crop Production Division elaborated the importance of the day. Dr. P. Samal, Head, Social Science Division asked the farming community to take the benefit of Central Govt. flagship programme on Soil Health Card. A hundred no. of farmers/farm women/rural youth from all parts of Cuttack district and Barchana block of Jajpur, twenty no. of school children, Scientists and staff of ICAR-NRRI actively participated in the programme. A leaflet on “Soil & Pulses, a comprehensive view” and a technical bulletin on “Scientific cultivation methods for participatory pulse seed production” released during this programme.


 

 

On this occasion an interactive technical session and poster session on the theme of the day was carried out with active participants. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Dr. S. Saha, Dr. D.R. Sarangi and Dr. S.M. Prasad presented interactive lectures on the above theme and tried to solve the problems of the farmers and farm women.











ICAR-NRRI observed 5th Agriculture Education Day
The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated 5th “Agriculture Education Day” on 18th November, 2016 in its premises with the participation of above 210 students of
secondary and higher secondary standard from 21 schools and junior colleges around the city along with their teachers. The Chief Guest of the inaugural function Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, Govt. of India, New Delhi inaugurated the programme by lighting of lamp as well as the Agricultural Science Exhibition showcasing the projects developed by the students of all participating institutions on the theme “Sustainable Agricultural Technologies for accelerating Farm Production”. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest advised the students that they might opt for agriculture and allied subjects as a potential career in changing national priorities. Students would get enough scope to utilize their intelligence and showcase their innovative ideas for their own as well as national development. He emphasized on skill-based vocational education in agriculture for the youths in developing rural economy through entrepreneurship.

 
Chief Guest Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG,     Guest of Honour Prof. V.L. Chopra speaking on the occasion
ICAR addressing the audience


The
Guest of Honour, Padma Bhusan Prof. V.L. Chopra, Chancellor, Central University of Kerala and Former Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR highlighted the impact of education on any society and threw lights on the need for agricultural education in developing a powerful nation. He appreciated the efforts of the institute in making the students aware about the career opportunities in agriculture and attract these young minds towards nation building through agricultural sciences. Dr. (Mrs.) Krishna Srinath, former Director, CIWA, Bhubaneswar and Dr. A.K. Singh, Professor & Head of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi attended and addressed in the function as Special Guests. Later, the guests released one educational bulletin entitled “Agriculture: Innovations for Nutritional Security and Sustainability” brought out on the occasion for the benefits of the students.

 
Release of an educational bulletin by the guests                          Guests visiting the Students’ Exhibition Stalls

Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI & Chairman of the inaugural function welcomed the guests, dignitaries, delegates from ICAR institutes, teachers and students and sensitized the students about the scope of agricultural sciences. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division and Co-Chairman briefed about the objectives of observing the day. Dr. (Mrs.) Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Organizing Secretary highlighted about the overwhelming responses received from all the Principals, teachers and students in celebrating this special day continuously for past five years and proposed vote of thanks at the end.


 
A section of audience                                                                     Director distributing prizes & certificates to the winners

The day-long celebration was highly exciting with special events for the participating students like Debate competition on “Prime Minister’s Call for Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022: A Dream or Reality?”; and Quiz competition on “General Agriculture”; apart from the Exhibition competition which showcased the innovative ideas of the students in the form of models, charts, graphs and live materials. The students were sensitized and provided counseling on the scope and opportunity in the agricultural sciences through a special counter on “Career Counseling in Agriculture”. In the evening closing function, the winners of the various competitions along with all the participating students were awarded with trophies and certificates by the Director.







 

Vigilance Awareness Week observation
Banners on importance of Vigilance Awareness Week–2016 highlighting the theme “Public Participation in Promoting Integrity and Eradicating Corruption” were displayed at the Main gates and other locations for creating awareness.  The Director of the Institute Dr. H. Pathak administered the pledge to all staff.

A Speech Competition on the theme of the week “Public Participation in Promoting Integrity and Eradicating Corruption” was organized on 03.11.2016 at this Institute in Odia, Hindi and English languages.  A “GRAMA SABHA” was organized on 04.11.2016 by this Institute in the village “Paramahansa” and more than 100 villagers both men and women participated in the meeting. 

 

The closing function of Vigilance Awareness Week-2016 was held on 05th November, 2016 at 3.00 P.M.  Shri Saumyendra Kumar Priyadarsi, IPS, Inspector General of Police (Central Range), Odisha, the Chief Guest, gave away the certificates and cash prizes to the winners of the speech competition.  The Chief Guest in his address emphasized on how corruption is taking place in various spheres of the society including Govt. organizations, Public sectors and Corporate sectors and the remedies to overcome.  He also expressed that this year’s theme is unique as it suggests to eradicate corruption through public participation.  Enforcement of law only cannot be sufficient to eradicate corruption unless active participation of the public is ensured, he suggested. 

The Director In-charge. Dr. S.G. Sharma gave a brief historical perspective of the Institute and narrated the steps taken at International, National and State level to check corruption. 


Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Vigilance Officer welcomed the guest and Shri B. K. Sahoo, Administrative Officer offered the vote of thanks.









Method demonstration under Pulse Seed Hub programme
Under Pulse Seed Hub programme, an interactive meeting was done to make aware the farmers about the importance of the pulse seed production and its role in Food and Nutritional Security. Dr. Ravinder Singh Saini, National Consultant, NFSM, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited Sundarda-Juanga cluster of KVK Cuttack a unit of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 17th November 2016 and interacted with the farming community. Shri Santosh Behera, AAO (Pulse), Govt. of Odisha, elaborated about different schemes of the government, i.e. rain-gun, solar pumps, sprinkler set and seed treating drum. On this occasion a method demonstration was done on seed priming with phosphorus and molybdenum along with fungicide, insecticide and Rhizobium culture treatment. Under this programme, black gram (IPU2-43) is being used for seed production in this cluster after the seed priming and treatment. Dr. Prabhu Lenka, Rtd Professor, OUAT, Bhubaneshwar and team of experts from KVK Cuttack motivated the farmers to take advantages of government schemes, particularly of this pulse seed hub programme and help the Nation in production of quality seeds of pulses.

   








Director, ICAR-NRRI reviews the progress of work of RRLRRS, Gerua
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Hon’ble Director, ICAR-NRRI visited Rainfed Lowland Rice Research station (RRLRRS), Gerua (Assam) during November 12-13, 2016 in order to have first-hand knowledge about the station and review the progress of station activities. He made note of various activities being undertaken by the station, viz., physical and financial activities, activities related to research, seed production and infrastructural development, and the constraints being faced by the station. Director expressed his satisfaction on progress in various activities of the station. Nevertheless, he also expressed his keenness to strengthen the station in respect of scientific and technical manpower and to develop a sound laboratory, field and farm facilities. On the occasion of the visit, an interaction meeting with a group of progressive farmers from Nalbari and Darrang districts was also arranged. To mark the event, tree saplings were planted by the Director alongwith the leaders of the progressive farmers from two districts also planted tree saplings in the station. Director asked the farmers about their expectations from ICAR-NRRI in terms of rice technology and about the problems faced by the farmers in rice production. The farmers, in general, expressed their concern over the rising cost of cultivation due to shortage of agricultural labourer and lack of farm mechanization. The progressive farmers from flood-prone ecology of Nalbari district expressed their satisfaction over performance of Naveen as summer rice and late planted sali rice/winter rice. But they wanted rice varieties (other than Naveen) which are of the duration of 120 days or lesser and high yielding (4.5 to 6 ton/ha) for growing as summer rice. The progressive farmers from Darrang district expressed their happiness on the performance of CR Dhan 909 and Chandrama in kharif 2016. Despite water stressed situation during PI stage of the crop during September, these varieties yielded 4.5 to 5.5 t/ha. Director suggested the scientists to expand the activities of the station under Tribal Sub-Plan in order to encompass more number of tribal farmers under the programme. He also urged to explore the possibilities of establishing custom hiring centres under TSP. Five kg seed minikits of rice variety ÇR Dhan 601, which can be grown both as boro and sali rice, was distributed to the progressive farmers by the Director.

 

 










Closing of ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack
The ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, an initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, was observed during 16-31 October, 2016 at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha. Sj. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha graced as the Chief Guest of the closing function of the Pakhwada on 1st November 2016. Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized that cleanliness/swachhta is required in all facets – individual, family, village, office and region for all-round development of the nation. Keeping ‘swachh’ is not only important from aesthetic point of view, but also imperative for healthy and disease-free society, which demands an outlay of modest extent for solid and liquid waste management facilities and various other aspects, he remarked. He also stressed upon sensitization of the children, who will be a guiding force to further persuade the rural as well as urban masses to make self, community, society, offices, villages, cities, states and the nation clean.

 
Chief Guest Sj. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda inaugurating the                 Chief Guest addressing the staff, students and children  
closing function


 

Director ICAR-NRRI addressing during the function                     A section of the audience during the closing function

Earlier, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI appraised about the fortnight-long activities including cleanliness drives, awareness camps, seminars, field days and various competitions under ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ and urged all the staff for joining hands to fulfil the commitment to keep the surrounding clean and dirt-free.  Prizes of various competitions like quiz, debate, essay writing and painting etc. organized under ‘Swachhta’ theme were distributed to the winning school children and staff. On arrival, the Chief Guest garlanded the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, planted sapling in the campus and visited the Oryza Museum of the institute. He appreciated systematic display of technological information in the Museum for the benefit of all types of visitors.

 
Chief Guest planting sapling inside the campus                             Chief Guest garlanding the statues of Mahatma Gandhi
                                                                                                       and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru


 

Chief Guest visiting the Oryza Museum of the institute                 Chief Guest distributing prizes and certificates to the winners
                                                                                                       of various competitions

The programme was coordinated by the Institute Swachha Bharat Committee (ISBC) and Dr. Lipi Das, Chairperson, ISBC proposed vote of thanks.










राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान, कटक में नराकास कटक की 47 वीं बैठक संपन्न

नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति कटक की 47वीं बैठक का आयोजन दिनांक 28.10.2016 को भाकृअनुप - राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान के सभागार में आकाशवाणी केंद्र, कटक के निदेशक श्री सुहास महांती की अध्यक्षता में संपन्न हुई। डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक, निदेशक, राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान, कटक इस बैठक के मुख्य अतिथि थे।
 

बैठक के आरंभ में नकारास, कटक के सदस्य सचिव श्री सुरेंद्रनाथ सामल ने नकारास, कटक के अध्यक्ष श्री सुहास महांती, राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान के निदेशक डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक, हिंदी शिक्षण योजना, कटक केंद्र के सर्वकार्यभारी अधिकारी श्री सुदर्शन राय एवं राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान के वरिष्ठ प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री बी.के. सिन्हा तथा नकारास, कटक के सदस्य कार्यालयों से पधारे कार्यालध्यक्षों एवं उनके प्रतिनिधियों, एनआरआरआई के प्रभागाध्यक्षों का हार्दिक स्वागत किया।         


नकारास, कटक की  पिछली बैठक के कार्यवृत्त की प्रस्तुतिकरण की गई एवं उस पर की गई अनुवर्ती कार्रवाई पर विस्तृत विचार-विमर्श किया गया। इसके बाद सेवाकालीन हिंदी प्रशिक्षण पर चर्चा हुई तथा त्रैमासिक प्रगति रिपोर्टो पर मदवार सदस्य कार्यालयों से
प्राप्त रिपोर्टों पर तुलनात्मक समीक्षा की गई।


 

इस बैठक में नकारास कटक की अध्यक्षता के कार्यभार को
राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान के निदेशक डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक को सौंपा गया एवं निदेशक महोदय डॉ. पाठक ने इस कार्यभार को ग्रहण किया। यह बैठक की सबसे महत्वपूर्ण घोषणा थी। सदस्य कार्यालयों से उपस्थित अतिथियों एवं एनआरआरआई के विभिन्न प्रभागाध्यक्षों ने इसका स्वागत किया।


संस्थान के निदेशक
डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि यह कार्यभार मेरे लिए एवं संस्थान के लिए गर्व एवं गौरव का विषय है तथा वे इस नए कार्यभार को सफलतापूर्वक निर्वहन करेंगे।


नकारास, कटक द्वारा सितंबर माह में हिंदी पखवाड़े के दौरान सदस्य कार्यालयों के बीच आयोजित हिंदी निबंध, हिंदी वाद-विवाद एवं हिंदी टिप्पण एवं मसौदा लेखन प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया। हिंदी वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता में
राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान से डॉ. उपेंद्र कुमार, वैज्ञानिक को प्रथम स्थान मिला तथा हिंदी टिप्पण एवं मसौदा लेखन प्रतियोगिता में श्री विशाल कुमार, सहायक को तृतीय स्थान मिला।


नकारास, कटक द्वारा पिछले वर्ष यह निर्णय लिया गया था कि वर्ष 2015 एवं 2016 के दौरान राजभाषा के कार्यान्वयन के क्षेत्र सर्वाधिक कार्य करने वाले सदस्य कार्यालय को नगर स्तर पर पुरस्कृत किया जाएगा। इसी क्रम में,
राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान को वर्ष 2015-16 के लिए नगर स्तर पर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन के क्षेत्र सर्वश्रेष्ठ निष्पादन हेतु राजभाषा वैजयन्ती पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया। श्री सुहास महांती, निदेशक, आकाशवाणी केंद्र, कटक एवं अध्यक्ष, नराकास, कटक ने राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान के निदेशक डॉ. हिमांशु पाठक को राजभाषा वैजयन्ती पुरस्कार एवं प्रशस्तिपत्र से पुरस्कृत किया।

श्रीमती मौसमी राय, राजभाषा अधिकारी, भारत संचार निगम लिमिटेड, कटक ने धन्यवाद ज्ञापन दिया। श्री सुरेंद्रनाथ सामल, सदस्य सचिव, नराकास, कटक ने बैठक के सभी कार्यक्रमों का समन्वयन किया तथा श्रीमती सस्मिता दास, हिंदी अनुवादक, आकाशवाणी, कटक ने मंच का संचालन किया।









Kisan Mela organized at ICAR-NRRI Substation at Hazaribag
Focusing on " Climate Resilient Agriculture for Jharkhand “ as  central theme,   Central Rainfed Upland Rice Research Station (ICAR - National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack) Hazaribagh, Jharkhand organized Farmers’ Fair (Kisan Mela)  on  26-10-2016. It was inaugurated by the honorable MLA Mr. Manish Jaiswal (Hazaribag) who was the Chief Guest of the event. Program was presided over by Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI, Cuttack. Dr. Dipankar Maiti, OIC, CRURRS, Hazaribag, welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion.  Three technical bulletins published by the Research Station  were released by the Chief Guest Mr. Manish Jaiswal.  Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack described the research efforts for climate resilient rice production by National Rice Research Institute. State agricultural officials including PD, ATMA, Hazaribag, farmers, scientists and bank officials attended the event and interacted among themselves for making Jharkhand agriculture climate resilient. ‘Kisan Gosthi’ was organized in the afternoon wherein Scientists and experts replied the queries raised by the participating farmers.  Stalls were put by various institutes and agriculture input and equipment dealers and the exhibition of information on agriculture technology was also inaugurated by honorable Mr. Manish Jaiswal. Scientists of the station including Dr N P Mandal, C. V. Singh, Somshwar Bhagat and Yogesh Kumar were actively involved in the celebration of the event. Other scientists and experts who participated in activities like display of information, discussions and field trips were Mrs Chanchila Kumari, Dr. Sudhanshu Shekhar, Rupesh Kumar, Manish Kumar of KVK, Koderma and Dr R K Singh, S N Chowdhury of KVK, Holy Cross, Mr. B.B. Nayak,  Deputy District Manager of NABARD. About 400 farmers from various districts of state attended the mela.













 

Observation of Swachhta Pakhwada (16-31 October, 2016) at ICAR- NRRI (Activities organized during 24-25 October, 2016)
As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada, a ‘Village Awareness-cum-Cleaning Drive’ was organized on 25th October 2016 at Gurujanga village of Tangi-Chowdhar block of Cuttack District. Dr. H. Pathak, Director along with Heads of Divisions, Scientists and other staff participated in a rally to generate consciousness about the necessity of keeping the surroundings clean among the villagers who also participated with enormous interest in consort with slogans and invocation. Director in his address to the villagers relate cleanliness and holiness for elucidating the necessity of cleanliness of self, family and village. On this occasion Director distributed fodder seeds to the farmers and farmwomen
.

 
 
                     
Village Awareness-cum-Cleaning Drive’ at Village Gurujang, Cuttack (25.10.2016)

 

Director addressing the gathering at Village Gurujang, Cuttack                 Painting Competition on 24.10.2016
(25.10.2016)


A day before, on 24th October 2016, a painting competition was held and about 38 students from High School at the Institute Campus participated in it. The competition was conducted in two groups with the theme: (a) Clean & Green Village (for students of VI-VII standards), and (b) My Dream Smart City:
एक कदम स्वच्छता की और (for students of VIII-X standards).








 

Capacity Building Programme for MP Farmers on Rice Production Technology
ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack organized a
five-days Trainers’ Training Programme on “Improved Production Technologies for Enhancing Rice Productivity” during 18-22 October, 2016 in which 20 Kisan Sathis/ Kisan Mitras/ ATMA BTMs from Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh participated. The programme was sponsored by the ATMA of Sidhi district, Madhya Pradesh. Inaugurating the programme, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director of the institute expressed his concerns over the non-availability of improved rice production technologies and proper information at farmers’ fields. As on today also, majority of our rice growers used to seek information from private agricultural input traders, most of which are incorrect or misleading. He briefed about the technologies and products generated by the institute during its seventy years on rice research & development for various ecosystems and stakeholders. Later, he appealed all the participants to practice improved and proven practices over the age-old traditional practices to get higher yield and reduce cost of cultivation, more importantly in changing climate scenario. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science said that the broad objectives of the programme were to clarify existing doubts, gain new updated knowledge and to acquire scientific skills in rice production for higher yield and income.

 
Dr. H. Pathak, Director addressing the participants on the                 Participants with the Director and Resource Persons
inaugural day

 
Demonstration on the use of LCC in the field                              Participants learning skills on handling small farm equipments
                                                                                                                                           in rice farming


The trainees shared their farming experiences, expressed various concerns with regard to non-availability of good quality seeds, irrigation facilities, high cost of labourers and ignorance of latest rice production technologies in the opening session. The training was imparted on an interactive and participatory mode followed by skill demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of rice production technology like, varietal selection, integrated crop management (ICM) practices with regard to nursery, nutrients, water, weed, pest, and diseases. Training was also imparted on SRI method, hybrid rice, mechanization, quality seed production, value addition, and transfer of technology through development of rural farm leadership. Three farm opinion leaders were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores to sensitize the participants about desirable farm leadership qualities and to inculcate them in practice. All were awarded mementos during the concluding day. The evaluation of pre and post training knowledge scores was found highly encouraging.

 
Selection of farm opinion leaders by Socio-metric Method and     Director (I/c) distributing certificates, manuals & LCC charts to
their experience sharing                                                                the participants


During the closing function on the last day, the Director (In-Charge) Dr. A.K. Nayak lauded that the training activities of the institute act like very powerful interface between the scientists of the institute and our valuable rice growers of the country. It gives an opportunity to get farmers feedback on rice production and enrich our research programme. Later, he awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, NRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs) and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was facilitated by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science and was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.








Observation of Swachhta Pakhwada (16-31 October, 2016) at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack (Activities organized during the 1st week, i.e., 16-22 October, 2016)
‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ (16-31 October, 2016) celebration was inaugurated at
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack along with several other ICAR institutes across the country. Director of the institute Dr. Himanshu Pathak inaugurated the function with ‘Swachhta Sapath’ (Administering Oath) along with all Scientific, Technical, Administrative and Supporting staff of the Institute on 17th October 2016. He appealed all the staff to join hands to fulfil the commitment to make self, community, society, offices, villages, cities, states and the nation clean. A motivational talk on the topic ‘Achieving Success’ (Saphalta) of a Swatantra Bharat, Swachh Bharat, Sundar Bharat, Saphal Bharat and Samridh Bharat, as dreamt of by Gandhiji was delivered by the Director. Dr. Lipi Das, Chairperson of ‘Institute Swachha Bharat Committee’ (ISBC) welcome the Director and all staff and briefed about the day-today schedule of various events that would be taken up/conducted during the Swachhata Pakhwada. However, the Campus Cleaning Drive was started on 16th October, 2016.

 
Director administering oath ‘Swachhta Sapath’ to all staff of        Director delivering a Motivation Talk on ‘Achieving Success’
the institute (17
th October, 2016)                                                 (17th October, 2016)

 
                Field Days organized in Experimental plots and Net Houses on 18th and 20th October, 2016

As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada, ‘Field Days’ were organized on 18th and 20th October 2016 to upkeep the cleanliness and maintenance of experimental plots and net houses of the institute. Project Investigators and Co-investigators of different research projects under Institute Programe briefed the Director and other scientists about the ongoing field experiments in the field.


     Quiz Competition  on 19.10.2016               Debate Competition on 21.10.2016            Essay Competition on 22.10.2016

Events like ‘Quiz Competition’ and ‘Debate Competition’ relating to Cleanliness and Environment were successfully organized at NRRI on 19th and 21st October, 2016 respectively for the staff and research scholars of the institute. The topic of Debate competition was ‘Is change in Behavioral attitude more important than Swachhta Movement for making organizational environment clean.’ Dr. H. Pathak, Director himself conducted the Quiz competition. An ‘Essay Competition’ on the topic ‘Igniting young minds towards Swachhata Abhiyan for making India a clean, healthy and empowered nation’ was organized on 22nd October, 2016. The children of NRRI High School and NRRI staff enthusiastically participated in these events. The winners will be awarded in the Concluding Day programme.



KVK Cuttack observed “World Food Day”
KVK Cuttack, Santhapur a unit of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack observed “World Food Day” at Juanga village of Cuttack district on 16th October, 2016 on the theme “Climate is changing: Food and agriculture must too” along with inauguration of ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’. Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack and Chief Guest drew attention on different adaptation strategies to manage the climate change in agriculture by the farming community. He also emphasized on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene of the rural community. Dr Prabhu Lenka, Former Prof., OUAT, Bhubaneswar highlighted on the prevailing regional climate and changing agricultural practices for overall development of the rural community. Effect of climate change on the socio-economic conditions especially for the vulnerable groups like women and children was elaborately discussed by Dr BN Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division. Dr S.M. Prasad, Head, KVK, Cuttack delivered the welcome address. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Smt. Sujata Sethy, SMS (Home Sc) and facilitated by Dr(s) D.R. Sarangi and R.K. Mohanta. In this occasion 10 progressive farmers and farmwomen were felicitated for their initiatives and contribution for improved agricultural practices. A “Kissan Gosthi” was organized on adaptation to climate change, where more than 200 members of farming community from nearby villages actively participated in the discussion and also the cleanliness drive.


 











Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack
On the occasion of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’, the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, an initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, was organized at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha on 02 October, 2016. The Chief Guest of the function Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon’ble Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR inaugurated the programme with floral offerings to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and the former Prime Minister of

 
Offering Floral Tribute to Father of the Nation,                            Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR

Mahatma Gandhi                                                                            addressing the staff of ICAR-NRRI

 
Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing the staff               ICAR-NRRI staff gathering for ‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyan’

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohapatra lauded the mission started by our Hon’ble Prime Minister two years back and emphasized on the need of cleanliness at all levels for healthy mind and body leading to good health, higher work efficiency and for overall national development. He also stressed on both internal as well as external cleanliness of everyone and its relevance. He urged that this campaign should not remain just symbolic, rather be integrated in every individual’s day-to-day life.

 
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ Rally by ICAR-NRRI staff                      Planting of saplings by Chief Guest

 

Cleaning drive by the Chief Guest                                                 Campus cleaning by the staff of the institute

The Director, ICAR-NRRI, Dr. Himanshu Pathak urged everyone to keep their surroundings clean. He recalled the great teachings of Mahatma Gandhi with respect to cleanliness and advised all to maintain the spirit of cleanliness in all spheres of life.

On this occasion various activities like Swachhta Rally, planting of saplings by the Chief Guest and cleaning drive of the campus by five different groups headed by Heads of the Division were organized at the Institute. The programme was coordinated by the Institute Swachh Bharat Committee.

 
Campus cleaning by the staff of the institute                                Campus cleaning by the staff of ICAR-NRRI Regional
                                                                              Station, Hazaribagh

 

Swachhata Awareness Camp organised by KVK, Cuttack at         KVK, Cuttack staff with volunteers cleaning the village roads
Saphipur village, Cuttack


Similarly, a programme was also organised by KVK Santhapur, Cuttack at
Saphipur Prathamik Vidyalay, Saphipur, Cuttack. The chief guest of the programme, Smt Sarmistha Pati, Panchayat Samiti Sadasya emphasized to build the septic toilet in every household to keep the villages neat and clean. Dr S.M. Prasad, Head, KVK highlighted about the importance of the day and to utilize the rural and agricultural waste by making compost. The programme was graced by 115 rural women, school children, teachers and farmers of the village.

ICAR-NRRI Regional Station, Hazaribagh was also organized a cleaning drive at their campus.









हिंदी पखवाड़ा-2016 का आयोजन
राष्ट्रीय चावल अनुसंधान संस्थान, कटक में  14 से 29  सितंबर 2016 के दौरान हिंदी पखवाड़ा मनाया गया। इस पखवाड़े के दौरान संस्थान के अधिकारियों / कर्मचारियों के लिए पांच हिंदी प्रतियोगिताएं-14 सितंबर को शुद्ध एवं शीघ्र हिंदी लेखन, 15 सितंबर को हिंदी पाठ-पठन, 16 सितंबर को हिंदी अंताक्षरी, 20 सितंबर को हिंदी लिप्यंतरण लेखन एवं 20 सितंबर को हिंदी प्रश्नोत्तरी प्रतियोगिता आयोजित की गईं। कुल 83 कर्मचारियां इन प्रतियोगिताओं में उत्साहपूर्वक भाग लिया। प्रतियोगिताओं के उत्तर कागजातों के मूल्यांकन के लिए संस्थान के निदेशक महोदय द्वारा नामित दस वैज्ञानिकों को लेकर एक हिंदी प्रतियोगिता निर्णायक मंडल गठित किया गया। पखवाड़े से संबंधित सभी कार्यकलापों का समन्वयन के लिए सात सहायक प्रशासनिक अधिकारियों को लेकर डॉ. ओ.एन.सिंह की अध्यक्षता में हिंदी पखवाड़ा आयोजन समिति गठित की गई। प्रत्येक प्रतियोगिता के विजेताओं को क्रमश: प्रथम, द्वितीय, तृतीय और सांत्वना पुरस्कार दिया गया।

 

हिंदी पखवाड़े का समापन समारोह संस्थान के सम्मेलन कक्ष में दिनांक 29 सितंबर 2016 को संपन्न हुआ। डॉ.पी.के.रथ, उप मुख्य श्रम आयुक्त (केंद्रीय), भुवनेश्वर इस समापन समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि एवं श्री सुरेंद्रनाथ सामल, सहायक निदेशक (राजभाषा), आकाशवाणी, कटक इसके सम्मानीय अतिथि थे। मुख्य अतिथि ने विभिन्न हिंदी प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को पुरस्कार और प्रमाण पत्र के साथ सम्मानित किया। मुख्य अतिथि ने इस अवसर पर संस्थान द्वारा प्रकाशित धान की फसल में रोगों की पहचान एवं उनका निदान तथा ‘धान की फसल में नाशककीटों एवं सूत्रिृमियों के नियंत्रण हेतु मार्गदर्शन’ नामक दो पॉकेट बुलेटिन का विमोचन किया। मुख्य अतिथि अपने संबोधन में कहा कि कृषि के क्षेत्र में हिंदी की आवश्यकता एवं प्रयोग अधिक है क्योंकि देश के अधिकांश किसान संपर्क भाषा के रूप में हिंदी का प्रयोग  करते हैं। उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि हिंदी को जितना सहज सरल एवं बोलचाल की भाषा के रूप में करेंगे वह उतनी ही लोकप्रिय होगी तथा इसका प्रयोग मूल रूप से वैज्ञानिक लेखन और अनुसंधान उपलब्धियों  को जनता तक पहुचानें में किया जा सकेगा।

 

निदेशक महोदय डॉ.हिमांशु पाठक ने हिंदी प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को बधाई दिया एवं हिंदी पखवाड़ा आयोजक समिति को पखवाड़े के सुचारु समन्वयन पर धन्यवाद दिया। डॉ.पाठक ने हिंदी पखवाड़े के सफल आयोजन पर प्रसन्नता जाहिर की तथा आयोजक समिति के सदस्यों को इस सफलता के लिए सरहाना की।  उन्होंने राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन से जुड़े नियमों के अनुपालन पर जोर दिया तथा कर्मचारियों से कार्यालय में अपने सरकारी कार्य को हिंदी में करने के लिए आग्रह किया। श्री आशुतोष तिवारी, सहायक निदेशक राजभाषा, श्री बी.के.महांती, वरिष्ठ तकनीकी अधिकारी एवं श्री रजंज साहु, हिंदी टंकक ने पखवाड़े से संबंधित सभी कार्यकलापों का समन्वयन किया।









Senior Officers Training Programme on Hybrid Rice Production Technology organized
A senior officers training programme on “Hybrid Rice Production Technology for increasing Productivity” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack for 28 senior officers namely DDAs (Research), PDs, DPDs, DAOs, SDAEOs and ATMA Project Officers covering all the agro-climatic zones of Uttar Pradesh during 20-24 September, 2016 in order to transfer the advanced knowledge and skills on hybrid rice production technology and to improve their management skills. The programme was sponsored by the Government of Uttar Pradesh through the State Institute for Management of Agriculture (SIMA), ATMA, Rehmankhera, Lucknow.
Inaugurating the programme on 20th September, 2016, Director of the institute Dr. H. Pathak highlighted the major breakthrough of the institute in rice research in general and hybrid rice research in particular. He hoped the training to the senior officers of the largest rice producing state of the country would further strengthen our position in national food security to fight hunger and malnutrition.

 
Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing during the          Group photograph of Trainees with the Director and
Opening Session                                                                             Resource Persons


 
Trainees sharing their experiences, expectations and raising       Director and Course Organizers listening to participants 
some issues                                                                                    during the interaction session


The participants were exposed to various advancements in hybrid rice production technologies through interactive sessions, simulations and field visits. The broad topics covered included R
ice in changing climate scenario; Current status of hybrid rice production in India and future prospects; Rice hybrids released in India; Production technology of hybrid rice including weed and water management; INM in hybrid rice including demonstration on the use of customized Leaf Colour Chart (LCC) for increasing N-use efficiency; Management of rice hybrid seed production plots to get more quantity of good quality seeds; Harvesting and post-harvest operations for hybrid rice seed production; Maintaining grain quality and value addition; Pest and disease management and use of farm machineries in hybrid rice. In addition, topics on socio-economic issues like economics of hybrid rice grain and seed production; constraints in wider adoption of hybrid rice; stress and time management of extension officers for better professional outputs; gender in rice production; and on awareness of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights in India (PPVFR) were also discussed. A guest lecture on the topic “Farmers’ suicides: Whom should be blamed” by Prof. Aldas Janaiah, Scientist (Economics) from IRRI India Office, New Delhi was also organized for the benefit of the participants.

 
Research farm visit -cum- field demonstration on the use of        Director distributing certificates, training manuals, LCC 
NRRI Leaf Colour Chart (LCC)                                                       charts and group photographs


In the concluding session on 24th September, 2016, the Director distributed certificates, training manuals, group photographs and NRRI-developed LCC charts to all the participants.
The programme was coordinated by Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist and Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and was facilitated by Dr. P. Samal, Principal Scientist and Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science.











Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at KVK Cuttack
The first programme on “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” in the state of Odisha at a KVK was organized at KVK Cuttack, Santhapur, a unit of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack on 23.09.2016. In the programme, Sri Jitamrit Dutta, Nodal Officer, PMUY, Cuttack District welcomed the participants and briefed about the scheme. Smt Sujata Sethy, SMS (Home Science) told about the scheme in local language and how the benefits can be taken by the rural women. Dr. S.M. Prasad, Head, KVK told about the theme of the programme and what benefits it can bring to family and environment. All the staff of the KVK, Cuttack and distributors from gas agencies were also present in the programme along with 100 beneficiaries from different areas of Cuttack district. The rural women were presented related documents and gas stoves from the guests after a brief demonstration and film show on handling and safety issues of LPG Gas.

 









Director's visit to ICAR-NRRI Regional Station CRURRS, Hazaribag
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack visited ICAR-NRRI-Central Rainfed Upland Rice Research Station (CRURRS), Hazaribag, Jharkhand on 13 September, 2016. On the way, he visited Jokee Tola under Village Dasokhap and apprised about activities of the Sub-station there under Tribal Sub-Plan. During afternoon, he visited the field to review research and seed production activities of the station and issues related to fencing of boundary wall, farm roads, demonstration of farm implements to villagers/farmers, organization of farmers’ fair, etc. were discussed with the Scientists and Technical staff.  An interaction meeting with the staff of CRURRS, Hazaribag was arranged during evening and relevant issues were thoroughly discussed aiming at all-around development of the Sub-station. During second day, Kana Band village under Churchu block was visited where many HYVs are being demonstrated by the sub-station. After return from the village, a meeting with the Nodal Officer (IARI-Jharkhand), Director, SCD, DVC and Executive Engineer, CPWD was held to discuss the progress and issues related to establishment of IARI-Jharkhand. Later, he visited the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jainagar, Koderma and reviewed various activities being undertaken by the KVK at its own farm as well as farmers’ field.

 







 

Institute Research Council Meeting
The 35th meeting of the Institute Research Council (IRC) was held in the Auditorium of the Institute during 6th  to 9th September, 2016 for presentation of results of 2015 -16 and work plan for 2016-17 under the chairmanship of Dr. H. Pathak, Director and chairman, IRC. In the opening session, the secretary, IRC welcome the Director and other members of the house including all newly joined scientists. The house greatly acknowledged the contribution of Dr. T. Mohapatra, the former Director of ICAR-NRRI and present DG and also the cooperation and contribution of superannuated scientists, Dr. M. Variar and Dr. (Mrs.) U. Dhua to rice research. The Director, NRRI extended a warm welcome to the external expert members, Dr. J.K. Roy, Dr. L.M. Gadnayak, Shri R.C. Dani, Shri S.K. Nayak and Dr. C. Satpathy. Project-wise presentation of results of all 40 projects for the year 2015-16 was made by the concerned PIs. The IRC as well as the expert members evaluated the projects programme-wise through minute observation and active interaction. The meeting was completed with a business session at the end.

 






Krishi  Vigyan Kendra Cuttack observed “Parthenium Awareness Week
Krishi Vigyan Kendra Cuttack, Santhapur a unit of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack observed “Parthenium Awareness Week” during 16- 22nd  August, 2016 and organized Krishak Goshthies, Video shows and Awareness Programmes at villages Ganeshwarpur, Uchhapada, KVK Campus and CRRI High School, Cuttack for farmers, farm women, rural youth and school children. During this programme, the lectures/talks focused on life cycle of this hazardous obnoxious weed, its ill effect on animals, human beings, crops and biodiversity of plants. Further, its integrated management practices were described by the KVK personnel to the 556 participants of different programmes. KVK also appealed to share this knowledge so that its effective and early control can be done with all social groups.

  
 











Skill Development Training Programme on Value Addition at KVK Cuttack
Keeping in view the interest of rural women and household and market demand, a five day on-campus skill development training was organized at KVK Cuttack, Santhapur during 16 - 20th August, 2016. The Food & Nutrition Board, Govt. of India, Bhubaneswar was one of the collaborators which provided expert assistance for the programme. Twenty five farmwomen and rural youth from Khetrapal, Mania, Jhadeswar Kadei, Ucchapada and Agrahat villages participated in this programme. In the inaugural session, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, SSD and Dr. P. Samal, Principal Scientist, NRRI inspired the participants and analyzed their needs, situations and expectations. Sri Manoranjan Barik, Senior Demonstrator, Food and Nutrition Board and Mrs. Sujata Sethy, SMS (Home Sc.) conducted theory and practical classes on preparation of value added products from orange, lemon, apple, guava, papaya, tomato, chili and seasonal vegetables and preparation of nutri-feeds for children and adults. Besides awareness on basic health and hygiene in household were discussed. The participating women expressed their happiness for their exposure and presented their future plan on value addition. In the valedictory programme on 20th August, 2016, Dr Himanshu Pathak, Hon’ble Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, the Chief Guest spoke on application of the training for socio-economic empowerment of women in general and youth in particular. He gave away the certificates and training manual to the participants. The Head of KVK and other SMSs undertook many activities for a conducive training environment.

 
    Director, NRRI addressing to the participants           Hands-on practice by a trainee during the training









Shri Suresh Chandel, Member Governing Body, ICAR visited ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack
Hon'ble Member of Governing Body, ICAR Shri Suresh Chandel visited the institute on 6.8.2016 at 11.30 am. The Director and Heads of the Division/Section of the institute welcomed him and presented the scientific progress in different disciplines. Dr. H. Pathak, Director of the institute briefed him about the contributions of the Institute since independence to rice development. Many important issues namely water use efficiency, drought, climate change, quality rice, mechanization, rice in eastern India, dissemination of rice production technology were discussed in light with the findings of the Institute. He visited the Oryza museum and gene bank and appreciated the role of the institute for its widely acclaimed status.

 







Short course on “Designing Impact Evaluation for Agricultural Technologies” inaugurated
A short course sponsored by Education Division, ICAR on “Designing Impact Evaluation for Agricultural Technologies” to be held during August 01-10, 2016 inaugurated by Dr. H. Pathak, Director on 1st August, 2016 at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack. Dr. Pathak in his presidential remarks emphasized the requirement of re-orientation in impact assessment methodology to encompass all types of direct and indirect impact in shifting environmental perspective. Earlier, Dr. Biswajit Mondal, Senior Scientist and Course Director presented the trainees profile and briefed about the course and Dr. B.N.Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division elucidated the importance of impact evaluation techniques in social science research. 25 participants from 11 states representing various SAUs, KVKs and ICAR Institutes are attending the course.

 





Awareness Programme-cum-Workshop on 4S4R
A one day Awareness Programme cum Workshop was organized on 4S4R – Self-sufficient Sustainable Seed System for Rice on 27 July 2016 at ICAR- National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director (Acting) in presence of scientists, farmers and state officials. Dr. G.A.K. Kumar, PI of the project, explained that the programme aimed at creating awareness about the 4S4R concept which focuses on local seed production, processing and marketing system. The objectives of the programme include i) Developing 4S4R Paddy Seed Production Portal having Paddy Seed Production Expert System for Odisha; GIS based solutions for planning paddy seed production at block level using land and resources maps; MIS for seed demand, seed availability, seed price and seed supply for local marketing; and mobile based solutions for farm advisory service for seed production by farmers group. ii) Developing participatory training module on paddy seed production and FPO formation. iii) Imparting trainers training on paddy seed production and FPO formation to KVK staff and block level agriculture officers and iv) Developing FPO consisting of farmer-producers group, processing unit and marketing unit at block level.


 

This system has taken into the consideration the problems of formal seed system and provides solutions using
IT and FPO in 4S4R model which will make seed available at local level to ALL farmers according to their NEED, in right QUANTITY, of right QUALITY, with lower COST of production & supply and with TIMELY delivery which present Formal Seed System has FAILED to deliver. SWOT analysis and Analytical Hierarchy Process were employed to prioritise the issues related to local seed system. Lecturettes were delivered by Dr. G.A.K. Kumar, PI, Dr. R.K. Sahu, CoPI and Sri M.K. Sharma, DAO Salepur during the workshop. The programme ended with vote of thanks from Dr. B.C. Patra, ITMU.










Trainers’ Training Programme for Women Rice Growers organized at ICAR-NRRI
The ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack organized a five-day Women Trainers’ Training Programme on “Package of Practices for Improved Rice Production Technology” during 7-11 June, 2016 for 23 Kisan Saathis and Block Technology Managers (BTMs) from Valsad district of Gujarat. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director in his concluding remarks appreciated the multiple roles and responsibilities played specially by Gujrati farm women at home as well as in farm and market and thanked ATMA, Valsad for sponsoring the unique programme. He recalled various steps taken in Gujarat where in the women played roles specially in dairying and value addition during past one decade. He emphasized on the need for farm information, market intelligence, women-friendly production technologies and drudgery reducing farm mechanization to sustain national food security. On the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division urged farm women to access farm technologies, farm inputs for getting social recognition and participation in decision making process. Dr. S.G. Sharma, Head, Biochemistry and Physiology stressed the need for rice value addition for better income during his inaugural speech.


 
Participants of the training with the Director and resource persons     Trainees being explained about low cost and drudgery reducing
                                                                                                                             farm implements in Oryza Museum


 
Director awarding certificates and distributing NRRI paddy                 Women farm leaders being felicitated by the Director
seed mini kits


Dr. Lipi Das, Course Director organized the programme in an interactive mode with emphasis on imparting various skills followed by demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of improved rice production technology including socio-economic and gender issues. Use of Leaf Colour Chart and features of farm implements for small farm mechanization were demonstrated. Three women farm leaders namely, Neetaben Jigneshbhai Patel, Rinaben Bishtubhai Gavit and Taraben Dhirubhai Patel were found having leadership traits through socio-metric scores and were awarded certificates and prizes. Their experiences were shared among the trainees. The immediate impact of the training was assessed which indicated significant change in attitude and knowledge level. In the closing function on 10th June 2016, the trainees received certificates, training manuals, books, CRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs), NRRI developed paddy seed mini kits and group photographs. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.










Pre-Kharif Farmers Meet organized under TSP by ICAR-NRRI
The ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack organized a “Pre-Kharif Farmers Meet” under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) programme in the adopted village Ramthenga of Danagadi block, Jajpur, Odisha on 3rd June, 2016. Over two hundred tribal farmers and farmwomen of the village attended the meet apart from scientists & staff of the institute associated with this programme, and staff of the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), a field level collaborating organization and functionaries of the local Gram Panchayat.

 
       Director Dr. A.K. Nayak addressing the gathering                         Director handing over implements to the FIUA and distributing
                                                                                                                                      paddy seed minikits

 
            Nodal Officer TSP handing over list of implements to                  Smt. Sumitra Jamuda, local Sarpanch addressing the audience
                              the Secretary, FIUA


Inaugurating and chairing the meet, Director of the institute Dr. A.K. Nayak highlighted the major objectives of the TSP of the Govt. of India in bridging the gap between tribal and non-tribal dominated areas of the country and bringing the tribal people to the mainstream of development process. He emphasized on skill training and capacity development programme for the adopted farmers and farmwomen in agriculture for sustaining and improving their livelihoods. Besides, he formally inaugurated the Ramthenga “Farm Inputs Users’ Association” (FIUA) formed under the TSP through Gram Sabha and handed over thirty four agricultural implements namely, seed treating drum, manual operated marker, mandwa weeder, pedal paddy thresher and mini rice parboiling unit procured under TSP to the FIUA for demonstration and use by association members. He also distributed paddy seed minikits of newly released NRRI varieties to all the tribal farmers and farm women for demonstration.

 
Village Chief Sri Budan Singh Jamuda conducting the Gram Sabha            Gram Sabha voting for election of the Executive Body of
                                                                                                                                                 FIUA in progress


 
        Tribal farmers and farm women observing the implements              Traditional welcome of guests and dignitaries by the villagers

Earlier, Smt. Sumitra Jamuda, Sarpanch of the local Gram Panchayat and Sri Budan Singh Jamuda, Village Chief conducted a Gram Sabha to unanimously elect a 13-member Executive Body of the FIUA including its President, Secretary and Treasurer, while all the family heads being its General Body members. The FIUA will be formally registered with distinguished by-laws to run and manage its various activities. Later, Sarpanch Smt. Sumitra Jamuda; Village Chief Sri Budan Singh Jamuda; newly elected President of FIUA Sri Bengara Banara; Programme Executive of TSRDS Sri Saurabh Kumar and Sri S.R. Khuntia, CF&AO addressed the gathering and assured full support for carrying out various tribal development activities through agricultural interventions.


A farmers-scientists interaction and feedback session was organized to understated and address the problems and issues concerning agricultural production and productivity of the village. Later, an action plan was finalized to undertake various demonstrations and on-farm trials and capacity building programmes in ensuing kharif session. In the beginning of the meet, Dr. Sanjoy Saha, PS & Nodal Officer, TSP welcome the guests and participants and presented a brief report of the activities and achievements under TSP; and at the end, Dr. S.K. Mishra, PS and TSP associate offered vote of thanks and coordinated the entire programme.










ICAR-NRRI celebrated Akshaya Tritiya  & organized Farmers Fair
The auspicious agricultural festival of the region ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ which falls on Vaishakh Sukla pakhya Tritiya and marks the beginning of agricultural season was celebrated at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 9th May, 2016. Sri Radha Mohan Singhji, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest and planted few sacred rice seeds in the soil (Muthi Anukula) of NRRI farm and gave his best wishes to the efforts of the scientists and staff. He later on laid the Foundation stones of two important buildings namely, NRRI Auditorium and Central Genomics-cum-Quality laboratory.

 
    Hon'ble Union Minister Sri Radha Mohan Singh observing                    Hon'ble Union Minister laying Foundation Stones of NRRI
     Akshaya Tritiya by sowing paddy seeds in NRRI farm                          auditorium and central genomics-cum-quality laboratory


The Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare also inaugurated the exhibition showcasing all aspects of agriculture and addressed a big gathering of farmers, farm women from all blocks of Odisha and officers of line departments and ICAR institutes. In his address, he referred to the development profile of the institute and expressed his satisfaction on the investment being made here in the current budget. He further highlighted on various flagship programmes of the Central Government like, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) for establishment of e-Mandis for proper marketing of farm produce, Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana for promoting organic farming for the benefits of farmer. He emphasized on adoption of villages under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme for demonstration of new farm technologies. He appreciated the efforts of NRRI scientists for developing protein-rich rice variety CR Dhan 310, first of its kind in the world with protein content of 11 per cent and developing the Mobile App ‘riceXpert’ available in Google Playstore for the benefit of the farmers. He released four publications and felicitated nine innovator farmers and farmwomen for their accomplishments.

 
             
Hon'ble Union Minster addressing the audience                               Dignitaries releasing the Mobile App riceXpert

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt of India, Shri Bhartruhari Mahatab, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Cuttack, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, and Mr. Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Addl. Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR, New Delhi, Prof. (Dr.) S.N. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Dr. Anupam Mishra, Director, ATARI, Zone VII, Jabalpur were the Guests of  Honour in the function. Hon'ble MP, Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab advised that the scientists should work effectively on climate change and water conservation technology. On this occasion, he requested the Chief Guest for establishment of regional research centers on Pulse and Ground nut of ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur and ICAR-NRCG, Junagarh for addressing the real needs of the state. He added that success can be achieved when the technologies are transferred from the laboratory to land.

 
                Visit of agricultural implements by the dignitaries                               Visit of exhibition stalls by the dignitaries

Hon'ble Union Minister of State, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in his address expressed his concerns for agricultural development of Odisha. He emphasized on the establishment of good numbers of cold storage, market and other agricultural infrastructures.

 
                            A section of audience                                                                 Felicitating the innovator farmer

In the beginning of the program, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi gave a warm welcome to the Chief Guest and others present on this occasion. While welcoming, he highlighted recent policies and schemes of Central Government for development of agriculture in the country, especially for Eastern India. Dr. A. K. Nayak, Director of institute offered the vote of thanks at the end of the program.

ICAR-NRRI, other ICAR institutes/centers located in the state of Odisha, OUAT through its KVKs, seed companies, agri-input dealers and financial institutions participated in the exhibition and a Farmers-Scientists Interaction was held on various aspects of farming.. The programme was coordinated by Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist & Organizing Secretary and moderated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist.


 





 

NRRI developed mobile app ‘riceXpert’ to help rice farmers
National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack has developed a mobile app ‘riceXpert’ that provides information on rice cultivation and enable farmers to consult panel of experts. This was launched by Union Agriculture & Farmers welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya and Farmers Fair in presence of
Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble MP (Loksabha), Cuttack constituency, Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Hon’ble Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon’ble, Additional Secretary, DARE & Secretary, ICAR Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar Prof. S Pasupalak  and Director, ICAR-NRRI Dr A K Nayak, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jabalpur, Dr Anupam Mishra, other dignitaries and farmers on 9th May 2016.  

 
       Release of ICAR-NRRI Mobile App riceXpert User Manual                 Launching of ICAR-NRRI Mobile App riceXpert by
                                                                                                               Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare


The App provides 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. It is a web-based application systems which facilitates flow of information from the farmer to the farm scientist and get their instant solution. Farmers can use this App as a diagnostic tool in their rice fields and make customize queries for quick solution of their problems by sending text, photo and recorded voice. This would be a real boon to farmers, he added.

 
                    
ICAR-NRRI Mobile App riceXpert Home page and Text, Photo & Voice recording screenshots

The App is developed for Android platform and can be downloaded from Google Playstore or from www.nrri.in web portal. This APP may also be a very useful tool for the researchers, students and village level workers working on rice crop.

Agriculture Minister congratulated the team of NRRI scientists for developing this unique IT-enabled handheld mobile app.










ICAR-NRRI celebrated 70th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas
The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack celebrated its “70th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas” on 23rd April, 2016. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR, New Delhi and Chief Guest inaugurated the Foundation Day programme and delivered the Foundation Day Lecture which was attended by Directors of ICAR Institutes, scientists and staff of the institute. He spoke on vision-2050 of agriculture and called upon the stakeholders to find out models of production for Indian agriculture, quality enhancement, doubling of farm income through appropriate market strategy, food processing and value chain. In the Foundation Day Function he emphasized that the technology transfer system must understand very well the needs and problems of the farmers and advised to hold zonal review meetings to assess the technology application and success.

 
Chief Guest Dr.T. Mohapatra inaugurating the function by                                      Chief Guest addressing the audience
lighting lamp


 
           Release of research bulletins by the dignitaries                                   Retired scientists being felicitated by the Chief Guest

Prof. S.N. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Guest of Honour of the programme stressed the need for proper working linkage among various organizations concerning agricultural research & development, education, transfer of technologies, agro-industries and farmers welfare organizations. Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extension), ICAR and Guest of Honour highlighted the role of KVKs in agricultural development of the districts and requested the research institutes to provide their technologies for further refinement in their locations. In the beginning of the programme, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director and Chairman highlighted the significant achievements of the institute, especially the recently released varieties including high protein rice and their suitability for different ecologies, rice-value chain and IT-based Rice Xpert mobile APP.

 
       Best workers being felicitated by the Chief Guest                        Best farmers and farmwomen being felicitated by the Chief Guest

 
                A section of the audience during the function                          Guests planting saplings in the NRRI campus

On this occasion, the chief guest inaugurated an Agricultural Exhibition showcasing technologies of ICAR-NRRI including its regional stations and KVKs, all ICAR institutes and centers located in Odisha, OUAT through its KVKs and state line departments. He also felicitated distinguished retired scientists, the best scientists and workers of the institute and progressive rice farmers and farmwomen from Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam for their innovative practices in rice-based farming system. Four research and technology bulletins were released by the dignitaries. At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Sciences and Co-Chairman welcomed the guests, dignitaries, invited guests and farmers and Dr. Lipi Das, Organizing Secretary offered vote of thanks at the end of the program.


 
       Guests visiting the Agricultural Exhibition Stalls                                  Chief Guest delivering Foundation Day Lecture to the staff

 
      
Staff children performing during cultural event                                  Winners of various competitions being awarded in the
                                                                                                                                          evening programme


Special programs like planting of saplings by the guests, field visit for the farmers, scientists-farmers interaction involving about 250 farmers and farmwomen under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme of the institute, various competitions among the staff, their children and research scholars and cultural events were organized for the farmers and the staff of the institute. In the evening programme, winners of different competitions, meritorious children of staff and participants of the cultural events were awarded with certificates and prizes by Mrs. Kalpana Mohapatra, wife of the Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR.








DG, ICAR laid the foundation stone administrative building of KVK Cuttack
The foundation stone of KVK Cuttack administrative building, a unit of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack was laid by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and DG (ICAR) on 23 April 2016 in the presence of Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) and Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director (Acting) ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack. The other dignitaries present on the occasion are Dr Anupam Mishra, Director, ATARI, Zone VII, Heads of Divisions and other officials of NRRI, Cuttack, Sri RK Shami, Chief Engineer, CPWD and team of CPWD officials.

 
 

The Hon’ble DG convened a meeting with the officials to review the infrastructural facilities and execution of the plan. He suggested that other facilities mainly fencing and borewells and farmers hostel should come out quickly along with the administrative building. The KVK staff expressed their deep sense of gratitude for the kind visit and encouraging words of the Hon’ble DG.









KVK Cuttack Organized an Awareness Programme on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
Krishi Vigyan Kendra Cuttack, a unit of ICAR-NRRI organized an awareness programme on ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)’, a flagship programme of Govt. of India, in the premises of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack with active participation of 200 farmers/farmwomen covering all the 14 blocks of Cuttack district, scientists of ICAR-NRRI and Subject matter experts of KVK on 8th April, 2016. It aimed at bringing greater awareness among farming community on the benefits of the new scheme and secure large scale enrolment in the scheme.

 
Inauguration of the programme by Hon'ble MLA,        
Hon'ble MLA, Choudwar-Cuttack, Sj. PR Biswal
Choudwar-Cuttack
                                                   explaining the benefit of the new scheme

 
Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing the gathering in         AGM, NABARD explaining the importance of PMFBY
technical session

The Member of Legislative Assembly, Choudwar-Cuttack, Sj. Pravat Ranjan Biswal and Chief Guest of the function who called upon the farmers and farmwomen to realize the importance of crop insurance for maintenance of their sustainability in agriculture. As farmers provide food and nutrition to the countrymen, their sustainability will help India prosper, he further stressed. Dr Amaresh Kumar Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack and Chairman of the programme threw light on the benefits and features of the scheme including insurance for the pre- and post harvest losses due to natural calamities. Sj. Hrushikesh Jena, the farmer representative nominated by ATARI, requested the farmers to take the message and disseminate it among fellowmen. Dr Biswanath Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the participants and Dr Shiv Mangal Prasad, Head, KVK Cuttack proposed vote of thanks.

 
Release of an extension leaflet on PMFBY for mass               A farmer interacting with the experts
awareness

In the technical session, Sj. Satya Ranjan Panda (AGM, NABARD), Sj. Sarat Chandra Sahoo (DDA, Cuttack), Dr Jagdish Mohanty (ADVO, Cuttack), Dr. Parsuram Samal (Principal Scientist, ICAR-NRRI) and Sj. Pritam Chandra (Branch Manager, Universal Sompo General Insurance, Cuttack) discussed in detail about the insurance schemes available in crop and animal husbandry sector and the special improvements made in the present PMFBY to provide more benefits for the farmers and answered their queries. Experts from KVK Cuttack, namely, Smt. Sujata Sethy, Dr (s) Dillip Ranjan Sarangi, Manish Chourasia and Ranjan Kumar Mohanta coordinated the event. Publication of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Farmer’s Welfare and the new extension bulletin on the scheme were distributed for bringing awareness.









Training Programme on “Improved Rice Production Technology for increasing Productivity and Income of Farmers” organized
A Trainers Training Programme on “Improved Rice Production Technology for increasing Productivity and Income of Farmers” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 1-5 March, 2016 for 30 Kisan Sathis and Elite farmers from thirteen blocks of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, which was sponsored by PD, ATMA, Mayurbhanj, Odisha. Addressing the participants and resources persons in the opening session, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director of the institute appreciated the efforts of the farming communities, state line departments and the research institutes to make our country surplus in food grains. He said that most of the problems concerning our farms and farmers could be addressed through capacity building of our farming communities and availability of right information at right time, apart from basic infrastructural development by state development departments. He hoped that this training programme would enable our participants to take proper farming decisions and help in judicious use of farm inputs. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Sciences emphasized on empowering the farmwomen who contribute to more than forty per cent of agricultural labour force of our country.

 
Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing during                Trainees with the Director and Resource Persons
the Opening Session


 
Trainees sharing their experiences, expectations and            Classroom presentations and interactions with the resource persons
raising some issues


 
Research farm visit -cum- field demonstration on the use                    Visiting the Oryza Museum of the institute
of leaf colour chart (LCC)


 
Selected farm leaders sharing their societal roles played        Director distributing certificates, manuals, LCC charts, seed
for the farming communities                                                     minikits and group photographs


At the outset, the trainees expressed their concerns, farming experiences and expectations mostly highlighting on pest & disease problems, inadequate irrigation facility, climate change effects, MSP and crop loan processing. The training was imparted in an interactive mode followed by demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of rice production technology like, varietal selection, nursery management, INM, IWM, IPM, IDM, SRI, hybrid rice, organic rice, mechanization, seed production, specialty rice, value addition, rice-based integrated farming systems, economic analysis and transfer of technology through development of rural farm leadership at the back drop of staff shortage with state line departments. Three farm leaders namely, Sri Karunakar Mohanta, Sri Sanjit Kumar Mohanty and Sri Suren Nayak were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were felicitated. Pre and post-training knowledge of the participants was evaluated and was found highly encouraging. During the closing function, the Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, leaf colour charts (LCCs), paddy seed mini kits and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.










Foundation Stone of Social Science Division Building, ICAR-NRRI laid by Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR
Shree Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Additional Secretary, DARE, Govt. of India and Secretary, ICAR laid the foundation stone of Social Science Division Building of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Odisha on 27th February, 2016 in presence of
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science) and Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director (Acting), ICAR-NRRI and staff of the Institute. Shree R.K. Shami, Chief Engineer, CPWD along with his staff graced the occasion. Thereafter, the dignitaries visited NRRI experimental farm and reviewed the ongoing research followed by visit to Oryza Museum. Later, Shree Roul addressed the gathering of scientists and other staff. He emphasized rice as a strategic crop and in its socio-economic and cultural perspectives. He further stressed that the history and culture of this Institute should be well documented as well as exhibited in the museum. He advised the social scientists to undertake socio-economic evaluation of different rice production systems.

 
Dignitaries at the proposed site of Social Science Division                   Shree Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Additional Secretary, DARE,
New Building                                                                                    Govt. of India and Secretary, ICAR addressing the staff

 
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR    Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, NRRI presenting the achievements of the     
speaking on the occasion                                                                 Institute

 
                  
Hon'ble Guests are visiting the Integrated farming system model and Oryza museum at the institute

Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (Crop Science) appreciated the contribution of NRRI and reminded the scientists about their responsibilities towards Second Green Revolution in Eastern India. Further, he drew the attention of the scientists to abiotic stresses in rice  particularly in coastal region of the country. He encouraged the scientists to rise to the occasion and make NRRI institute of international repute. Earlier, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director (Acting) welcomed the dignitaries and made a presentation on the achievement of the Institute since it inception. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division profusely thanked the dignitaries for stone laying and their advise to the staff.


    
   
                     Staff gathered for a group photograph with Hon'ble Shri  Chhabilendra Roul and Dr. J.S. Sandhu









Union Agriculture Minister Inaugurated “Agri-Horti Fair” at Bargarh
A three-day “Interstate Agri-Horti Fair” and “Farmers-Scientists Interaction Meet” was organized jointly by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi and the National Horticulture Board” (NHB), New Delhi at Bargarh, Odisha during 20-22 Feb, 2016. Inaugurating the fair on the first day, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Chief Guest of the function Sri Radha Mohan Singh urged the farmers to diversify their farming and take up cash crops and horticultural crops along with traditional crops, pisciculture and organic farming for getting more profit from unit investment. He advised them to visit all the exhibition stalls and interact with experts to enrich their knowledge and clear all doubts. He spoke on various centrally sponsored welfare schemes like National Food Security Mission (MFSM), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Sichhai Yojana and distribution of Soil Health Cards to all farmers of the country. Hon’ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Sri Jual Oram and Hon.ble Union Minister of State (IC) of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Sri Dharmendra Pradhan also attended the function as Guests of Honour and addressed the gathering on various issues concerning farmers and farm activities. Among others, Directors and scientists of ICAR institutes & centres namely, NRRI, CIFA, IIWM, CIWA, DKMA, ATARI Zone-VII, CHES, CTCRI, CARI, CSWCTRI and SRS of CRIJAF also attended the fair.
 
Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Chief               Union Minister Sri Radha Mohan Singh addressing the participants
Guest Sri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurating the Fair -cum- Farmers                                            of the Fair
Meet by lighting of lam

 
Union Ministers inaugurating the “Inter-state Agri-Horti Fair”         Union Ministers visiting the stalls in the Agri-Horti Fair

 
Dignitaries and farmers visiting NRRI stall                                           Panel of scientists interacting with the farmers

 
Farmers raising technological issues and queries during the                          Exhibition stalls in the Inter-state Agri-Horti Fair
                                  Interaction Meet


 
Visiting farmers and farmwomen showing interest in NRRI                          Visiting farmers and farmwomen showing interest in NRRI
             agricultural implements                                                                                             agricultural implements


Thousands of farmers and farm women from various districts of the state visited the stalls and a farmers-scientists interaction was organized for above thousand selected farmers and farmwomen. Scientists from participating institutions delivered lectures on thematic areas like, (i) Field crops including rice, (ii) Horticultural crops, (iii) Natural resource management, (iv) Animal husbandry, dairy & poultry, and (v) Pisciculture, which was followed by question-answer sessions. There were over thirty five exhibition stalls displayed by all the ICAR institutes/ centres of Odisha, KVKs, OUAT, NHB units from various states, financial institutions like NABARD, SBI & IDBI and agro-industries like IFFCO & PPL etc on latest technologies/ products on agriculture, horticulture, poultry, fisheries and allied disciplines. In the inaugural session, Dr. A.K. Singh, Managing Director of the NHB welcomed the guests and dignitaries, and Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI & Nodal Officer of the event proposed vote of thanks.










Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited ICAR-NRRI
Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare paid a visit to this institute on 11th February, 2016 at 11 am and chaired the Review Meeting on BGREI. Scientists, senior level State Govt. Officers, Farmers and Farmwomen participated in the meeting and raised many issues for development of Agriculture in the Eastern Region. Dr. A.K. Nayak Director (Acting) welcomed the Honourable Minister and presented the research activities of the institute as well as the achievements under BGREI as the nodal institute.

 
Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Hon’ble Minister                  Hon’ble Minister addressing the gathering
inaugurating the function


 
Director Dr. A.K. Nayak presenting reports in the review meeting      Farmers and farmwomen interacting with Hon'ble Minister


 
 Hon’ble Minister distributing seed minikits and LCC charts to            Hon’ble Minister visiting the Oryza Museum of the institute
farmers and farmwomen

 

Hon’ble Minister observing the Rice-Fish Integrated Farming             Hon’ble Minister looking at the germplasms inside the Gene Bank
System models


Shri Kundaryaji, Honable Minister in his presidential remarks appreciated the efforts of the institute and urged the farmers and farm women to avail the government schemes particularly, Pradhanmantri Sicchai Yojana, e-mandi for procurement of produces, Crop insurance and Soil health cards for sustainable livelihood. He addressed some major issues raised by the farmers and farmwomen concerning availability of quality seeds, ensuring irrigation in rabi season and incentives for rural youths to attract them towards farming and related enterprises. He distributed paddy seed minikits of recently released NRRI varieties and LCC charts to all the participating farmers and farmwomen. Later, the minister visited the Rice-fish farming system models, Gene bank and Oryza Museum of the institute. At the end of the meeting, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Sciences offered vote of thanks, while Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist coordinated the programme.








Trainers’ Training Programme organized
A five-day Trainers’ Training Programme on “Skill Development in Improved Rice Cultivation Practices” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 25-29 January, 2016 for 30 Kisan Saathis and ATMA officials from fourteen blocks of Mayurbhanj district, Odisha. Dr. S.G. Sharma, Director (I/c) chaired the opening session and suggested that the farmers’ needs and problems should be identified on the basis of which appropriate solutions could be made. On the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division appreciated the ATMA officials for sponsoring capacity building programmes for progressive farmers, farmwomen and urged to take initiatives in popularizing more stress tolerant varieties through demonstrations and seed chain.


 
Participants of the training with the Director and         Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing

                 resource persons                                                     during the Closing Session

 
A trainee sharing his experience and raising some      Dr. S.G. Sharma Director (I/C) addressing
                        issues                                                                     on the Opening Day

 
Director awarding certificates and distributing                   Trainees visiting the ORYZA Museum
             CRRI paddy seed mini kits

The five day training was imparted in an interactive mode with more emphasis on development of various skills in rice cultivation followed by demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of improved rice production technology including identification diseases, pests and weeds. Use of Leaf Colour Chart and farm implements were demonstrated to the trainees. In order to inculcate leadership values among the farmers, three farm leaders namely, Mr. Jayshankar Mohanta, Mr. Pratap Chandra Mohanta and Mr. Sudarshan Mohanta were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores. The evaluation of pre-and post-training knowledge scores was done to assess immediate impact of the training. During the closing function on 29th January 2016, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, seed kits, NRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs) and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was successfully coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.









ICAR-NRRI organized fourth Interface Meet
The 4th “ICAR Institutes–SAU–State Departments Interface Meet” for the year 2015-16 for Odisha was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack at OUAT, Bhubaneswar during 27-28 January, 2016. The Chief Guest of the function Sri Manoj Ahuja, IAS & Principal Secretary of Agriculture, Govt. of Odisha inaugurated and complemented the efforts of ICAR and OUAT to hold this meet to bring all stakeholders of agricultural development of the state to a single platform for four consecutive years. He congratulated all stakeholders for bringing pride to the state in the form of four “Krishi Karman Awards” for the state in past five years and consecutively for past three years despite many vagaries of nature faced by the state. He emphasized on the generation, assimilation and transfer of the new knowledge among the farming community for overall development of agriculture in the state of Odisha. He asserted that the KVKs need to play a major role in dissemination of new technologies, and the technology should be developed on the basis of farmer’s conditions, ecosystems and available market situations. He also highlighted about the special provisions of the state government for rapid sectoral growth in the form of a separate agricultural budget.

 
Guests inaugurating the meet by lighting of lamp        Chief Guest Sri Manoj Ahuja addressing the participants

 
Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT & Chairman giving his            Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI & Convener
presidential remarks                                                
presenting the ATR on 3rd Interface Meet

Chairing the two-day meet, Prof (Dr.) Manoranjan Kar, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar said that ICAR Institutes-SAU-State line Departments are complementary to each other and should work hand-in-hand in a coordinated manner to address the problems of the farming communities and transfer technologies more efficiently. At this juncture, the line departments of the State Govt. should take proactive role in dissemination of already available technologies.

Dr. Amaresh Kumar Nayak, Director of the Institute & Convener briefed about the objectives of holding the Meet and presented the ATR in the beginning of the programme. He highlighted some important points and drew attention to seed production by the farmers themselves at their doorstep for self-sufficiency, proper government policy for production and promotion of low cost small and drudgery reducing farm machineries available with research institutes, developing irrigation infrastructure in the state, creation of awareness for long-slender grain, high value aromatic and hybrid rice among the farmers, food processing and value addition. He also indicated about the research breakthrough of the institute on high protein rice lines for eradicating malnutrition problem of the country.

Major concerns and issues of farming communities emerged during the two days deliberations and interactions were on timely supply of good quality seeds & planting materials especially the seed production in Potato, Onion, Pulses like green gram and black gram etc., creation of sufficient infrastructures for storage, irrigation, processing, value addition and marketing, robust procurement mechanism, promoting farm mechanization and integrated farming system, promotion of rice varieties like, CR-1014, improved Pooja (tolerant to false smut), hybrid and aromatic rice (Pusa Basumati type), easing & accelerating agricultural loan processing, popularization of poly-house & protected cultivation, post-harvest processing of fruits & vegetables, and scope of promotion of fish, milk and poultry production of the state.

 
A representative from state line departments             A progressive farmer raising some points during the
highlighting on researchable issues                          
second day interaction session

 
Guests visiting and interacting in the exhibition stalls   VC, OUAT and Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing at
                                                                              the Press Meet after the Interface


The two days meet was attended by above two hundred participants including representatives of the state line departments, Directors and Heads of ICAR institutes/ Regional Stations/ KVKs, all Deans/Directors of OUAT, progressive farmers/farm leaders, NABARD, leading NGOs and agro-based industries. An exhibition was also arranged on this occasion, where all institutes and organizations showcased their models and technologies. Further a Press Meet was also arranged on the occasion on the second day, in which both Chairman and Convener of the meet apprised the media personnel about the outcomes of the Interface Meet for a greater benefit of the farming community. At the outset of the meet, Dr. Biswanath Sadangi, Head, Social Sciences Division welcomed the guests and delegates while, Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist & Coordinator of the meet offered vote of thanks in the concluding session.










KVK Cuttack organized a mega Animal Heath Camp-cum-Awareness Meeting
Krishi Vigyan Kendra Cuttack, Santhapur organized a mega Animal Health Camp-cum-Awareness Meeting in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services at Juanga village, Niali, Odisha on 22nd January 2016. More than 500 animals from Juanga, Sundarda, Pahanga, Taradapada and other nearby villages were checked for various ailments and treated in this programme by team of experts headed by Dr S. Das, Director (Clinics) Orissa veterinary College, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. Dr R.K. Mohanta, SMS (Animal Science) developed the blue print and was helped by Dr. S.K. Senapati, Assoc. Prof. (Medicine) and Dr. S. Biswal, Asst. Prof. (Gynaecology) from OUAT, Dr B. Behera, VAS, Choudwar and Dr P. Jena, VAS, Niali in treating the livestock. Most of the animals were diagnosed with repeat breeding (30%), mastitis and udder related problems (15%) and/or parasitic infestations (35%).

 
Registration of farmers in the animal health camp             Dignitaries on dais in the awareness meeting

 
Disease diagnosis by Dr S. Das, Director (Cliinic),       Interaction on problems on livestock by Dr SK Senapati
                          OVC, OUAT

Later on, an awareness meeting was organized involving about 300 farmers and farm-women from the locality. The programme was presided by Dr B.N. Sadangi, Head Social Science Division, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack who emphasized on importance of livestock for sustainable farming and livelihood. He requested the line departments to involve rural women in livestock enterprises for their economic empowerment. Dr S. Das, Chief guest, cautioned the participants on infertility, repeat breeding and advised the owners to maintain hygienic environment and practice balanced feeding for better production. Dr S.K. Senapati and Dr R.K. Mohanta replied to the queries of the farmers and farmwomen. Dr Prabhu Lenka, ex-Prof. (Hort.), OUAT and a local opinion leader encouraged his fellow friends to make the best use of the recommendations.  Dr S.M. Prasad, Head, KVK Cuttack, Subject Matter Specialists from KVK Cuttack (Smt. S. Sethy, Mr D.R. Sarangi and Dr M. Chourasia) and Mr D. Naik, a progressive farmer of Sundarda made adequate provisions for success of the programme.









Agriculture Education Day Celebrated at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack
The ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack celebrated its 4th “Agriculture Education Day” on 18th January, 2016 in its premises with the participation of above 200 students of class VIII to XII standard from 18 Schools and Junior Colleges around the city along with their teachers. Chief Guest of the inaugural function Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director and Vice-Chancellor, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi inaugurated the programme with lighting of lamp as well as the Agricultural Science Exhibition showcasing the projects developed by the students of all participating schools and colleges on the theme “Energy Efficient Rural Agricultural Production Systems”.
Speaking on the occasion, he stressed about the importance and relevance of various horizons of agricultural sciences namely, education, research and extension. He emphasized that a career in agricultural science would be equally challenging and intellectually satisfying as any other science discipline. He encouraged the students and advised them to keep agriculture and allied subjects in mind, while choosing a career in future.

 
        Dignitaries inaugurating the function                 Release of an educational bulletin during the occasion

 
Chief Guest Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director and     Guest of Honour Shri A.K. Panigrahi, IPS,IG of Police,
VC, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi addressing the audience                  CID, CB speaking on the occasion


Shri A.K. Panigrahi, IPS, IG of Police, CID, CB, Odisha, Cuttack and the Guest of Honour in his inspirational speech advised students to overcome from family welfare and should broaden their horizon for greater welfare of the nation. He also encouraged that each student must have a dream and achieve this through sincerity, hard work and dedication for the betterment of our society as well as of our country.

The Chairman of the inaugural function Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, NRRI sensitized the students about the scope and advantages of agriculture education and advised them to be a part of agricultural science. On this occasion the Chief Guest released one educational bulletin entitled “Agriculture: The Cutting Edge of Innovations and Developments” for the benefits of the students.

The day-long celebration was highly exciting with special events for the participating students like Debate competition on “Transforming Farming into Commercial Ventures-Possibilities and Barriers”; Quiz competition on “General Agriculture”; and Group Song competition, apart from the Exhibition which showcased the innovative ideas of the students in the form of models, charts, graphs and live materials. Through an outlet on Career Counseling in Agriculture, the students were sensitized and provided counseling on the scope and opportunity in the discipline.

 
     Chief Guest inaugurating the Exhibition Stall              A participant speaking in the debate competition

 
                  A section of audience                                    Chief Guest distributing prizes and certificates
                                                                                                         to the winners


Trophies and certificates were presented to the winners of the competitions and exhibition, and also to all the participating students by the Chief Guest of the closing function Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra in the presence of the Director. At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Co-chairman and Head, Social Science Division welcomed the guests, dignitaries, teachers and students and at the end, Dr. (Mrs.) Lipi Das, Senior Scientist, Social Science Division and Organizing Secretary proposed vote of thanks.












ICAR-National Rice Research Institute Celebrated ‘Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan’ Week
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
observed ‘Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan’ Week from 23-29 December 2015 on the birth anniversary of former Prime Ministers Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh. A Krishak Goshthi was organized on this occasion at the Sansad Adarsh Gram “Urali”, Cuttack on 23 December 2015 in the presence of Officials from agriculture department, local panchayat and KVK, Cuttack and about 70 farmers and extension functionaries attended the programme. Scientists from the Institute and KVK visited three villages on 28 December 2015 and organized awareness meeting on ‘Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan’ week and three farmers were chosen for their opinion leadership using sociometry method.

 

A celebration was also organized at the Institute on 29 December 2015 and thirty two farmers and farm-women from above three villages participated on the programme and the leaders so selected were felicitated. The programme was presided over by Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Scientific/Technical/Administrative staff, Research Fellows and Students attended the programmes. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division spoke on importance of the Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan Week. Dr. S.G. Sharma, Head, Crop Physiology & Biochemistry Division narrated the contribution of Late Shri Ch. Charan Singh and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in agriculture and science and Dr. Mayabini Jena, Head, Crop Protection Division recounted the role of ICAR-NRRI towards betterment of farmer’s community. In an open session, farmers as well as other participants discussed the issues relating to quality seeds, changing climate affecting farm production etc. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director in his presidential address indicated that livelihood security of the farmers and income generation is possible through science-base agriculture. He further indicated that policy on minimum support prices, input management and creation of buffer stock are the result of scientific and policy researches. Dr. Biswajit Mondal, Senior Scientist, Social Science Division coordinated the programme and proposed vote of thanks.

 












Visit of Bangladesh Delegates to ICAR-NRRI
A mixed group of scientists and policy makers from Bangladesh visited NRRI, Cuttack during 17-18 December, 2015 under the Capacity Building Program on "Technological advances in rice cultivation particularly in the context of adverse ecological condition" sponsored by Training and Technology Transfer (TTT), New Zealand. During their stay they were apprised of the Institute's mandates and achievements, advanced methodologies being applied in rice research and the rice environment in this region through highly focused talks and discussions. They also got an exposure to lab facilities and technologies developed by the Institute. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director (Acting) welcomed the delegates and spoke about the Institute and ICAR. Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist coordinated the programme.

 
         Director discussing with the visitors                  Delegates visiting the ORYZA museum at the Institute

                                      

                                          Group photograph of Delegates with the Director








National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack observed “World Soil Day-2015”
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated the “World Soil Day” on 5th December 2015 in Collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack. Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Cuttack was the Chief Guest and Shri Pravat Ranjan Biswal, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Cuttack-Choudwar was Guest of Honour on this occasion. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, NRRI, presided over the function. Farmers from Salepur, Mahanga, Nischintakoilli, Tigiria, Badamba, Tangi-Chaudhwar, Niali and Cuttack-Sadar blocks of Cuttack district attended the function. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the guests and farmers. Soil Health Card was distributed to 130 farmers on this occasion. Shri Biswal, Guest of Honour, drew the attention of farmers towards maintaining the soil fertility for future generations. Chief Guest while speaking on the importance of soil health card inspired the farmers to apply balanced fertilizer on the basis of soil testing.  Director, NRRI informed the gathering about the soil degradation and challenges ahead for increasing the productivity. He informed that soil health card will play a major role in increasing the productivity of crops. Dr. S.M. Prasad and Dr. Lipi Das facilitated the inaugural program. Dr. Rahul Tripathi proposed the vote of thanks.

  










NRRI recognized for its contribution to Green Revolution
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (formerly known as ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute) was recognized and felicitated by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi in the Golden Jubilee of Green Revolution - 2015 for the leadership role played by in Green Revolution along with IARI, New Delhi and five State Agricultural Universities namely GBPUAT Pantnagar, PAU Ludhiana, TNAU Coimbatore, CCSHAU Hisar, CSAUAT Kanpur organized by NAAS in collaboration with ICAR and IARI on 27th November 2015 at AP Sindhe Auditorium, NASC Complex, New Delhi. Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director of ICAR-NRRI received the memento and plaque from Hon’ble Minister for commendable contribution of the institute in Green Revolution making the country self-sufficiency in food grain production. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Dr. M.V. Rao, Dr. M.J.P. Rao and other scientists were also felicitated by the Academy for their leading role in individual capacity for the success of Green Revolution.  The function was presided over by the Dr. S. Ayyappan, President NAAS.

 






Dr. Trilochan  Mohapatra, Director & Vice Chancellor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi delivered the 24th Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture on 9th November 2015
The 24th Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture was jointly organized by Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Trust and National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 9th November 2015. Dr. Trilichan Mohapatra, Director  & Vice Chancellor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi was the Guest Speaker and Dr. Pramod Kumar Mohapatra, President, Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Trust and Executive Editor of the popular Odia daily, The Samaj was the Guest of Honor.

 
Inauguration of function                                           Dr. T Mohapatra delivering the memorial lecture

 
Dr. T Mohapatra delivering the memorial lecture        Address by Guest of Honor

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra delivered the memorial lecture on “Rice Genomics: Past, Present and Future”. Before starting his deliberation, he remembered the work of Dr. Gopinath Sahu and paid rich tribute to him. He reviewed the past, present and future of rice genomics. Rice genome has been the focus of many mapping experiments associated with QTL localization. These genetic maps now serve as a background for physical mapping, genome sequencing and gene discovery. He also reviewed recent progress on the rice functional genomics with the function of different genes.


 
Dr. Mohapatra discussing with the audiences             Release of KVK achievement Report

 
Felicitation to Dr. Mohapatra                                     Address by Dr. O N Singh, Director, NRRI

The Guest of Honor Dr. Pramod Kumar Mohapatra described the w
ater and soil scarcity and it may affect two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050 and will strongly impact on the food security of various regions of the planet. Dr. J. N Reddy, President, ARRW gave the guest introduction. Dr. O N Singh, Director, NRRI presided over the function and Dr. M J Baig, Treasurer of the Society offered vote of thanks.









National Level Senior Officers’ Training Programme organized
A National Level Senior Officers’ Training Programme on “Improved Rice Production Technology for Sustaining National Food Security” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack in collaboration with the Directorate of Rice Development, (DRD, DAC, MoA, GoI), Patna during 30-31 October, 2015 for nineteen JDAs, DDAs, DAOs, PDs of ATMA and senior officers from Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha involved in the implementation of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) scheme.

 
Dr. O.N. Singh, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing the                  Dr. Man Singh, Joint Director, DRD, Patna giving give remarks
participants during the opening session                                       during the opening session


Inaugurating the two-day training programme, Director of the institute Dr. O.N. Singh recalled that seed of high yielding varieties was perceived to be the only major factor of the first green revolution during late seventies. He added, with the advancement of agricultural technologies during past decades and in the background of changing climate scenario, there is need for wide spread demonstration and adoption of latest rice production technologies suiting to micro-environment and small farm holdings. He appreciated the initiative taken by the DRD, Patna in sponsoring the programme under NFSM and mobilizing participation of senior officers from three eastern Indian states namely, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.

 
A participating officer sharing his experiences with the                 A participating JDA from Gaya giving remarks during the
Director and scientists                                                                    closing session


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Man Singh, Joint Director of DRD, Patna highlighted, the rice production has become almost stagnant at 105 million tonnes during last 2-3 years, which poses a great challenge before us. The situation has become even worse with the recurrent drought situation in the eastern Indian states in past years. The NFSM scheme has set a target to achieve production to keep pace with food demand for ever increasing population. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division urged that all the three pillars of agricultural development namely, Scientists-Extension Officers-Farmers should work jointly to face numerous challenges effectively and achieve the targeted rice production and productivity in view of national food and nutritional security.

 
Director awarding certificates and distributing institute                Participants of the training with the Director, NRRI;
developed LCCs to all participants                                                Joint Director, DRD and resource persons


The training was imparted in an interactive mode with emphasis on sharing of experiences on all aspects of improved and latest rice production technology in changing climate scenario including small farm mechanization, followed by visit to research farm, laboratories and the museum. During the closing function on 31st October, 2015, the Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, CRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs) and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.










Workshop on “Rice Value Chain” organized
A “Rice Value Chain” (RVC) workshop was organized by the ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack on 12th October, 2015 in the institute with the participation of over fifty participants from five partners of the RVC MOU, namely, (i) ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack; (ii) M/s Sansar Agropol Pvt. Ltd, Bhubaneswar; (iii) Ananya Mahila Vikas Samiti, Nischintakoili; (iv) Mahanga Krushak Vikas Mancha, Mahanga; and (v) M/s Sabitri Industries, Pvt. Ltd., Jajpur including HODs and associated scientists of the institute.

 
Chief Guest Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director & VC, ICAR-IARI            Chief Guest Dr. T. Mohapatra being felicitated by the
being welcomed by the Director, ICAR-NRRI                                participating farmers’ organization


 
Dr. T. Mohapatra addressing the participants                               Dr. O.N. Singh, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing the participants

Inaugurating the workshop, Chief Guest of the function Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director -cum- Vice-Chancellor of the ICAR-IARI, New Delhi spoke on the strategy for successful implementation of the RVC starting from production & supply of breeder seed of the long slender aromatic rice variety ‘Geetanjali’ and field level monitoring by the 1st party; certified/ truthfully-labeled (TL) seed production & distribution by the 2nd party; paddy production by the 3rd & 4th party (farmers’ organizations) and finally, procurement, processing & marketing by the 5th party as per the RVC agreement. He advised proper monitoring support by ICAR-NRRI and holding a second workshop before Rabi season paddy production to discuss technical matters with the participating farmers. He added that a Crop Calendar/ Plan may be finalized through the workshop with details of action points to be undertaken by various stakeholders at opportune time. Dr. Mohapatra also advised to undertake an impact study on the socio-economic implications of the RVC after one year of implementation to suggest future course of action.

 
Dr. S.R. Dhua, Technical Advisor, M/s Sansar Agropol giving       Mr. D.K. Agrawal, Chairman & Managing Director,
his remarks                                                                                     M/s Sabitri Industries giving his remarks


 
Mrs. Rukmini Nayak, President, Ananya Mahila Vikas Samiti          Mr. R.C. Swain, Secretary, Mahanga Krushak Mancha
raising an issue                                                                               giving his remarks


Prior to that, Dr. O.N. Singh, Director of the institute presented a brief achievement report of the RVC till date and made aware that 6.5 qtls. of breeder seed of Geetanjali had been supplied by the National Seed Project (NSP) of the institute to M/s Sansar Agropol Pvt. Ltd. for multiplication of sufficient quantity of TL seed during the ongoing Kharif season to cover about 5000 acres area in the coming Rabi 2015-16 season. During the opening session, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science & Chairman, RCV Monitoring Committee apprised the participants about the objectives of the workshop and the expected benefits for all the stakeholders of the RVC. Based on the suggestions and interactive discussions of the all stakeholders, an Action Plan was prepared to undertake future activities in time-bound manner. At the outset, Dr. B.C. Patra, Principal Scientist & In-Charge, ITMU welcomed the guests and participants, and at the end, Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist & Member Secretary, RCV Monitoring Committee proposed vote of thanks.









Trainers’ Training Programme on “Scientific Skills for Increasing Production and Income from Rice” organized
A five-day Trainers’ Training Programme on “Scientific Skills for Increasing Production and Income from Rice” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 5-9 October, 2015 with the participation of 25 Kisan Sathis/ Kisan Mitras/ BTMs from Katihar district of Bihar, which was sponsored by ATMA, Katihar. While giving his remarks in the opening session, Dr. O.N. Singh, Director of the institute emphasized on the need of micro-planning by our farmers for best utilization of all agricultural recourses like land, money, labour, etc, and hoped that the knowledge and skill being imparted through the training would help the trainees in proper decisions. He also spoke, Katihar being a low-lying district is suitable for taking up rice-fish integrated farming system in a scientific manner. The Chief Guest of the function, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director/Vice-Chancellor, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi highlighted the present-day-needs of agro-industries and urged the farmers to wake up to avail the opportunities created by the industries. This can be achieved through capacity building of various stakeholders on crop diversification, farm mechanization, cooperative farming, market-linkage, processing, value-addition and climate-resilient agriculture practices.

 
Chief Guest Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director/VC, ICAR-IARI being       Dr. T. Mohapatra, Chief Guest addressing the participants
welcomed by the Director, ICAR-NRRI                                       
and resource persons

 
Dr. O.N. Singh, Director, ICAR-NRRI addressing during the        Group photograph of Trainees with the Director, Chief Guest
Opening Session                                                                            and Resource Persons


 
A trainee sharing his experience and raising some issues             Classroom presentations and interactions with the
                                                                                                       resource person


At the beginning of the programme, the trainees shared their experiences, concerns and perceived problems with regard to rice farming. The training was imparted on an interactive and participatory mode followed by demonstrations of scientific skills and field visits on all aspects of rice production, protection, value addition, rice-based integrated farming systems, rice-based vegetable farming and transfer of technology through development of rural farm leadership. Three farm leaders namely Sri Shiv Narayan Karamakar, Sri Tarun Kumar Singh and Sri Damodar Prasad Sharma were selected by the trainees through socio-metric method experiencing the leadership traits, who were also awarded mementos and certificates. Pre- and post-training knowledge of all trainees was collected and analyzed.

 

 
Research farm visit -cum- field demonstration on the use of        Learning the use of improved farm machineries in rice production
leaf colour chart (LCC)


 
Director distributing certificates, manuals, LCC charts and           Director awarding three farm opinion leaders with certificates
group photographs to the participants
                               and mementos

During the closing function on the last day, the Director Dr. O.N. Singh awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, ICAR-NRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs) and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was facilitated by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division and was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.








Director General (Designate), IRRI visits ICAR-NRRI
Dr. Mathew Morell, Deputy Director General (Research) and Director General (Designate), International Rice Research Institute, Philippines along with Dr. Abdulbagi Ismail, Coordinator, STRASA, Dr. U.S. Singh, Country Representative India & Nepal, Dr. Sudhansu Singh and Dr. Manjoor Dar visited ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha on October 2, 2015.  Being the Birth Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Morell offered floral tribute to the Father of Nation.  Dr.O.N. Singh, Director (Acting), NRRI welcomed and introduced Dr. Mathew Morell and praised his contribution to rice. Subsequently, Dr. Morell interacted with the Director, Heads of Divisions and other scientists of the institute to understand the progress made in collaborative projects and bottlenecks, if any. The major areas of discussion were i) stress tolerant rice, ii) aerobic rice, iii) anaerobic germination, iv) new plant type, v) weed management,  vi) low light, vii) C4 rice and viii) seed production of stress tolerant rice. Dr. Morell emphasized on strengthening the collaboration between IRRI and NRRI and identifying new areas of collaboration. Dr. A.K. Nayak proposed vote of thanks.

 
Dr. Morell discussing with NRRI Scientist                   Release of NRRI Technology Bulletin

 
                                           Dr. Morell visiting the
experimental plots at NRRI









Trainers’ Training Programme organized
A five-day Trainers’ Training Programme on “Improving Livelihood through Technological Advances in Rice Production” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 6-10 September, 2015 for 23 Kisan Saathis and ATMA officials from four blocks of Valsad district, Gujarat. During his address in the opening session, Director of the institute Dr. O.N. Singh recalled the importance of rice since Vedic period and in all religious festivals apart from providing food & nutrition and supporting livelihood to millions of people across the globe. He highlighted the contributions of the institute in making a surplus global rice producer, rice exporter and its pioneering role in bringing second green revolution in India under BGREI though quantum jump in rice production and productivity. On the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division appreciated the ATMA officials for sponsoring four training programmes in last two years and urged to take initiatives in popularizing more productive varieties in Gujarat by linking to state seed chain and through demonstrations.


 
Participants sharing experiences and raising issues                      Director and Course Organizers listening participants
                                                                                                       experiences and problems in rice farming


 
Trainees being explaining about different rice varieties in the      Trainees being explaining about identification of insects
ORYZA Museum                                                                              pests and diseases in field 


 
Trainees being demonstrated about low cost and drudgery         Gaining learning experience with the LCC under the
reducing farm implements                                                              supervision of scientist


The training was imparted in a two-way interactive mode with more emphasis on development of various skills in rice cultivation followed by demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of improved rice production technology including identification diseases, pests and weeds. Trainees were demonstrated on the use of Leaf Colour Chart and farm implements. In order to inculcate leadership values among the farmers, three farm leaders namely, Mr. Hareshbhai B. Patel, Mr. Bharatbhai K. Patel and Mr. Chotubhai B. Choudhari were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were awarded certificates and prizes. The evaluation of pre- and post-training knowledge scores was done to assess immediate impact of the training. During the closing function on 10th September 2015, the Director awarded participation certificates, and distributed training manuals, NRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs) and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was successfully coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.

 
Participants of the training with the Director and resource           A participant sharing his experiences and giving remarks
persons                                                                                          during the closing session


 
Director awarding certificates, manuals and photographs            Farm leaders being felicitated by the Director








Trainers’ Training Programme on “Skill Development” organized
A Trainers’ Training Programme on “Skill Development in Improved Rice Cultivation Practices” was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 25-28 August, 2015 with the participation of 25 Kisan Sathis/ Kisan Mitras from nine blocks of Kendrapara district of Odisha, which was sponsored by ATMA, Kendrapara. Inaugurating the programme, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute expressed his concerns over the high cost of rice cultivation and poor marketing infrastructure of the eastern Indian states. He emphasized on robust mechanism for popularizing available technologies on farm mechanization, rice producers-line departments-market linkage, rice value-chain, cooperative & contract farming for increasing profit and demonstrations on climate-resilient agriculture practices.


 
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, NRRI speaking to the        Director and course organizers listening to
trainees on the inaugural day                                    the trainees

 
A trainee sharing his experience and raising               Group photograph of Trainees with the
some issues                                                             Director and Resource Persons

In the opening session, the trainees shared their farming experiences, expressed various concerns with regard to sale of paddy much below the MSP, non-availability of and/or high cost of labourers and ignorance of latest rice production technologies/ welfare schemes. The training was imparted on an interactive and participatory mode followed by skill demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of rice production technology like, varietal selection, nursery management, INM, IWM, IPM, IDM, SRI, hybrid rice, mechanization, seed production, specialty rice & value addition, rice-based integrated farming systems, rice-based vegetable farming and transfer of technology through development of rural farm leadership. Three farm opinion leaders namely Sri Nrusingha Charan Samal, Sri Sushanta Kumar Jena and Sri Prashanta Kumar Das were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were awarded mementos and certificates. Evaluation of pre- and post-training knowledge scores was found highly encouraging.

 
Demonstration on the use of LCC in the field              Director (I/C) Dr. O.N. Singh addressing on the
                                                                             closing day

 
Director distributing certificates, manuals & LCC         Director awarding the farm leaders with certificates
charts to the participants                                          and mementos

During the closing function on the last day, the Director (In-Charge) Dr. O.N. Singh urged upon all the trainees to disseminate the learnt technologies in their native areas and advised them to take advantage of the government subsidies on farm inputs, other welfare schemes, electricity facility for increasing irrigation areas and looking for crop diversification opportunities. Later, he awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, leaf colour charts (LCCs) developed by the institute and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was facilitated by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division and was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.







ICAR-CRRI conferred the Lokmat National Education Leadership Award
ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack was honoured with the Lokmat National Education Leadership Award in recognition of significant contribution in the area of leadership development in rice farming in the country. On behalf of the Institute, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director received the award during the World Education Congress on 24 July, 2015 held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The programme was organized by Mohan Group, India.
                                      







Trainers’ Training Programme on “Improved Rice Production Technology for Enhancing Productivity” organized
A Trainers’ Training Programme on “Improved Rice Production Technology for enhancing Productivity” was organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack during 13-17 July, 2015 for 26 Kisan Mitras from Patna district of Bihar and was sponsored by ATMA, Patna. Inaugurating the training programme on 13th July, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute recalled that the farmers of North-Western Indian states had been the greater beneficiaries of Indian Green Revolution occurred around fifty years back. The farmers of eastern Indian states including Bihar having high potential of increasing rice production and productivity should take minimum advantage of the recent centrally sponsored scheme namely, “Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI)” and Prime Minister’s Krishi Sichai Yojana. He expressed his concerns on shrinking of cropping area in view of rapid urbanization and industrialization and hoped that this training would help the trainees to get more from unit area. Dr. B. N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division expressed that extension strategy of each should focus on all three types of technologies namely, no-cost, low-cost and high-cost technologies based on farmer’s affordability and requirement.

  
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI addressing the        
Participants of the training with the Director and
trainees in the inaugural session                               
resource persons

  

Trainees visiting the Oryza Mesume at the institute             A participant sharing his experiences during
                                                                                                       the closing session

As part of the training module, presentations/ interaction sessions between experts & participants followed by demonstrations, practical sessions & field visits were organized on various aspects of rice production technologies, namely, varietal selection, management of nursery, nutrients, water, weeds, pests, diseases, grain quality and post-harvest processing practices. Technology packages with regard to system of rice intensification (SRI) method, hybrid rice, organic rice cultivation, quality seed production, rice farm mechanization and rice-based farming systems were also covered. Skill demonstrations on operation of farm implements like rice transplanter, drum seeder, seed drill, rice-husk combustor etc., use of CRRI-developed leaf colour chart (LCC) and one day exposure visit to farmers’ field  were highly appreciated by the trainees. They were also made aware about calculation of cost-benefits and developing local agricultural leadership for dissemination of rice technologies. Pre- and post-training knowledge scores were evaluated and found highly satisfying. Three farm leaders namely, Rajesh Kumar, Manoj Kumar and Sanjay Narayan Sinha were also selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were awarded certificates and prizes. During the closing function on 17th July, 2015, Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, LCCs, paddy seed mini kits of Naveen variety and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist, Division of Social Science.

  
    Director awarding certificate to a participant                  Farm leaders being felicitated by the Director
 






Women Trainers’ Training Programme organized
A five-day Women Trainers’ Training Programme on “Rice Production Technology for Sustaining National Food Security” was organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack during 3-7 July, 2015 for 23 Kisan Saathis and Block Technology Managers (BTMs) from Valsad district of Gujarat. During his address on the inaugural day, Director of the institute Dr. T. Mohapatra appreciated the multiple roles and responsibilities played honestly by Indian farm women at home as well as in farm and thanked ATMA, Valsad for sponsoring the unique programme. He recalled various steps taken through the exemplary Gujarat Model of Agricultural Extension and Development during past one decade. He emphasized on the need for farm information, market intelligence, women-friendly production technologies and drudgery reducing farm mechanization to sustain national food security. On the occasion, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division urged farm women empowerment through access to technologies, farm inputs including land & money, good health facility, social recognition and participation in decision making process, in view of increasing male out-migration from rural areas in search for better income from non-farm enterprises.

  
Participants of the training with the Director and          Trainees being explained about low cost and
resource persons                                                      drudgery reducing farm implements


  
Gaining learning experience with the LCC under the     A participant sharing her experiences and
supervision of scientist                                              giving remarks during the closing session


The training was imparted on an interactive mode with emphasis on imparting various skills followed by demonstrations and field visits on all aspects of improved rice production technology including socio-economic and gender issues. Use of Leaf Colour Chart and features of farm implements for small farm mechanization were demonstrated. Three women farm leaders namely, Mrs. Shobhna V. Patel, Mrs. Sulochana J. Raut and Mrs. Alpaben R. Patel were selected among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were awarded certificates and prizes. The pre- and post-training knowledge evaluation scores were found highly pleasing. During the closing function on 7th July 2015, the Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, books, CRRI leaf colour charts (LCCs), paddy seed mini kits of Naveen & CR Dhan-304, and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.

  
Director awarding certificates and distributing CRRI     Women farm leaders being felicitated by the Director
paddy seed mini kits







Workshop on “Legal Awareness for Women Workers” held on 30 June, 2015
A workshop on “Legal Awareness for Women Workers of CRRI” was jointly organized by ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Nari Surakshaya, Odisha and State Legal Service Authority, Cuttack on 30th June, 2015 at 3:00 PM at CRRI, Cuttack. Nearly one hundred women and men attended the workshop. At the outset, Ms. Bidyut Kumari Lala, Vice-President of Nari Surakshaya, Odisha introduced the dignitaries on the dais and briefed on the importance of the workshop followed by the welcome address by Dr. (Mrs.) Sanghamitra Samantaray, Chairperson, Women Cell, CRRI. Ms. Lalita Satpathy, President, Nari Surakshaya, Odisha described about the activities of Nari Surakshaya and elaborated the relevance of legal awareness in the context of women suffering from domestic violence.  The programme was inaugurated by lighting the lamp which was followed by the inaugural speech on “Protection of women at work places and domestic harmony of the women” by Mr. Sashikant Mishra, Member Secretary, State Legal Authority, Cuttack. Mr. Manas Ranjan Tripathi, Advocate, Odisha High Court, spoke about the awareness of women workers on legal issues for women protection.  The chief speaker, Mr. Hrudaya Ballav Das, Legal Advisor, Directorate of State Jail talked about the domestic violence act, welfare and protection of women, Visakha guidelines and physical and mental equality of women. The chief guest, Smt. Jayanti Manjaree Rath, Ex-Director, Odisha Tele-communication Centre, presented her thoughts regarding harmony of women at work places. On his presidential address, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI appreciated the efforts of the Nari Surakashya team and the Women Cell, CRRI in organizing such legal awareness programme at CRRI. He also expressed his views on the relevance of women empowerment through legal awareness at work places. At the end of the workshop, Ms. Priyanka Gautam, Member Secretary, CRRI, Women Cell extended a formal vote of thanks.



             

                                        






ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack observed International Day of Yoga
The International Day of Yoga (IDY) was observed at ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute on 21st June, 2015 with the participation of staff members which was coordinated by Institute Swachh Bharat Mission Committee. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute highlighted about the importance of yoga for maintaining a healthy life free from stress also advised all the staff to practice yoga every day. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Chairman of the Institute Swachh Bharat Mission Committee elaborated on benefits of yoga. The various types of yogasans were demonstrated by two trained Yogacharyas from Regional Centers of Art of Living Organization, Cuttack and Patanjali Yogpeeth, Cuttack. The staff thoroughly enjoyed the programme and suggested regular practice camps at the institute for benefits of all interested.









ICAR-CRRI organized the Central Workshop of BGREI programme
Central Workshop on the “Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI)” program was organized on June 11, 2015 at the ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha under the Chairmanship of Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR and Agricultural Commissioner (In-Charge), DAC, Government of India, New Delhi. Shri Sanjay Lohiya, IAS, Joint Secretary (Crops), DAC, Government of India, New Delhi, Co-Chaired the workshop.

 
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (CS), ICAR inaugurating the programme   Dr. Sandhu giving his remarks on the action plan for the year
                                                                                                                                                   2015-16


Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and member Central Steering Committee, BGREI programme welcomed everyone, briefed about the background and genesis of this program, and outlined the objectives of the Central Workshop. Sri Lohiya spoke about the new guidelines, and fund allocation pattern during 2015-16. He suggested State Department and SAUs to arrange similar Workshop in respective states before mid July this year. While appreciating the impact of this program, particularly in case of rice, Dr. Sandhu emphasized on greater involvement of the SAUs in this program for improving the overall output. He urged the States to send their officers and farmers to CRRI for exposure to advance knowledge and skill on various aspects of rice production technologies.

 
Shri S. Lohiya expressing his views on a presentation by a           One of the SLMT Member raising an issue during technical session
state department


In the Technical Session, achievements during 2014-15 and the Action Plan for 2015-16 were presented by the participating states which were reviewed by the Chairman and Co-chairman. State specific recommendations were made after each presentation. This was followed by an interaction meet involving the scientists of CRRI and SAUs, and Officers of the state departments in the afternoon on technical issues pertaining to rice production and marketing.

 
Dr. Sandhu distributing seed packets to a State Department       Dr. J.S. Sandhu inaugurating the rainout shelter facility
Official                                                                                            at the institute


On this occasion, a Rainout shelter facility for drought tolerance screening of rice germplasam was inaugurated and seed packets of recently released rice varieties from this Institute were distributed among the participants from different states and among the Deputy Directors (Agriculture) of Odisha. The workshop was attended by Dr. P.K. Meherda, Commissioner cum Director, Department of Agriculture, Odisha, representatives of agriculture departments and SAUs of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, UP and WB, Heads of Divisions of CRRI, DDAs of 22 districts of Odisha, 7 scientists of CRRI involved in the SLMT for monitoring of seven states, 16 CRRI scientists involved in monitoring of BGREI as DLMT members in Odisha. Dr. A. Ghosh, Co-Coordinator and Organizing Secretary of the program offered vote of thanks.







Trainers Training Programme Organized at ICAR-CRRI
A five-day Trainers Training Programme on “Package of Practice for increasing Rice Production and Productivity” was organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack during 14-18 May, 2015 for 25 AEOs, SMSs, BTMs and Kisan Mitras from Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, which was sponsored by ATMA, Umaria. Addressing the participants and resource persons in the opening session on the first day, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute appreciated the efforts of the farming communities, state extension machineries and the research institutes to make our country ‘food grain surplus’. He appealed all the stakeholders to sustain their efforts and increase rice production and productivity taking full advantage of such types of information sharing platforms, linkage establishment and capacity building activities.


 
Trainees gathered for a group photograph with Director and                           Trainees visiting the Oryza Museum
resource persons


 
A trainee learning use of leaf colour chart (LCC) in the rice field  Trainees looking at the agricultural implements developed at CRRI

 
A trainee raising an issue during an interactive session                Director, CRRI distributing seed packet and certificate to a trainee

While expressing their concerns, farming experiences and expectations out of the training, the participants desired more emphasis on package of practices, requirement of short duration and drought resilient varieties and SRI. The training was imparted on an interactive mode followed by demonstrations and field visits, on all aspects of rice production technology including varietal selection, nursery management, INM, IWM, IPM, IDM, SRI, hybrid rice, organic rice, mechanization, seed production, specialty rice and value addition, rice-based integrated farming systems, socio-economic and transfer of technology through development of rural farm leadership at the back drop of staff shortage with state line departments. Three farm leaders were identified among the trainees through socio-metric scores and were awarded certificates. Evaluation of pre- and post-training knowledge scores was made and based on that, the training was found highly satisfying. During the closing function on 18th May 2015, the Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, leaf colour charts (LCCs), paddy seed mini kits and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was facilitated by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division, and coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist.










ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack observed its 69th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas
The ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed its 69th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas” on 23rd April, 2015. Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Industries, School & Mass Education, Odisha, Bhubaneswar, graced the function as Chief Guest. In his address he appreciated the efforts made by CRRI in developing about 114 varieties of rice for the farming community during last 69 years. He also emphasized on optimum use of water and NPK fertilizers in rice cultivation, conservation of soil fertility and rice germplasm, expansion of area under aromatic rice for higher return and increasing average rice yield at least up to 4-5 t/ha. Shri Pravat Ranjan Biswal, MLA, Choudwar- Cuttack attended the function as guest of honour. In his address he highlighted on how the farmers are getting immense benefit from this Institute.


  
      Chief Guest, Hon'ble Minister Shri Debi Prasad Mishra,                 Hon'ble Minister visiting the exhibition stalls along with other dignitaries
        Industries, School & Mass Education, Government                               
                 of Odisha addressing the gathering
 
                 

  
          Hon'ble Minister felicitating Retired Scientist of CRRI                            Hon'ble MLA distributing seed packet and certificate
                                                                                                                                        to a progressive farmer



                                              
 Release of CRRI Publications during the occasion

Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar and the Guest of Honour of the function highlighted on the use of CRRI rice varieties in India and also outside India. Prof. Manoranjan Kar Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, attending the function as the Guest of Honour, spoke on the varieties of rice released by CRRI and OUAT for the benefit of the rice farmers. Further, he appreciated the efforts made by the Institute in various aspects of rice research and development. In the beginning of the program Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director highlighted the significant achievements of the Institute during past one year especially the recently released varieties and their suitability for different ecologies. He also stated the thrust areas of research for getting higher yield and climate resilience the coming years.


  
                  Hon'ble MLA addressing the audience                                                     A section of audience
                  

  
                  Guest of Honour Prof. P.P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University and Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT speaking on the occasion

In the morning, Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar,
delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on “Bio-informatics: Scope and application” for the benefit of the scientists and students of the Institute.
  
On this occasion, the chief guest inaugurated an exhibition showcasing technologies of CRRI and other ICAR Institutes located at Bhubaneswar. He also felicitated six retired scientists, the best workers of the institute from different categories and twelve rice farmers and farmwomen from Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha for their innovative practices in rice farming. One book, one technology bulletin and five extension bulletins were released by the dignitaries. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, SSD and Co-Chairman welcomed the guests, dignitaries and invited guests and Dr. N. C. Rath, Organizing Secretary offered vote of thanks at the end of the program.



       Director, CRRI distributing prizes to the winners of various competitions organized during 69th Foundation Day & Dhan Diwas

Special programs like field visit for the farmers, scientists-farmers interaction, interface meet involving scientific staff and retired scientists, and cultural events were organized for the benefit of the farmers and the staff of the institute. In an evening cultural program those who won different competitions, and took part in cultural program were awarded with certificates and prizes.



                                  
        Glimpses of cultural programme organized in the evening








ICAR-CRRI signs MoU for developing Rice Value Chain
The ICAR- Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack has developed several improved varieties of paddy for different ecosystems and the same are being accepted by the farmers. One such variety is Geetanjali having aromatic and superfine long slender grains, which is preferred by consumers. One Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 69th Foundation day and Dhan diwas celebration of the Institute on 23.4.2015 aiming to establish a value chain that will promote cultivation of this high quality rice, its processing and trade so that the consumers have access to its premium quality, and all the parties involved in the value chain are benefitted. This multi-partite agreement was signed among ICAR-CRRI, two Companies namely, M/s Sansar Agropol Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Sabitri Industries Pvt. Ltd. and two farmer groups namely, M/s Ananya Mahila Bikash Samiti and M/s Mahanga Krushak Vikas Manch in presence of Hon’ble Minister, Industries, School & Mass Education, Government of Odisha, Shri Debi Prasad Mishra and the Hon'ble MLA, Shri Pravat Ranjan Biswal. The copies of MoUs were handed over to concerned parties by the Hon’ble Minister in presence of Vice-Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar Prof. M. Kar and Vice-Chancellor KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Prof. P.P. Mathur.


Signing of the MoU with the Partner Agencies in       Hon'ble Minister with the signed MoU in the company
presence of the Hon'ble Minister, Industries,            of the Partners involved in rice value chain
School & Mass Education, Government of Odisha,
Shri Debi Prasad Mishra




                     
 
   The Hon'ble Minister handing over a copy of MoU to representatives of the Partner Agencies








ICAR-CRRI Foundation day lecture delivered by an Eminent Researcher and Academician Prof. P. P. Mathur
On the occasion of the 69th foundation day of the CRRI, Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University (Bhubaneswar) and a former Senior Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University delivered the foundation day lecture on the topic, “Bioinformatics: Scope and Applications”.

As a pioneer in the Indian bioinformatics scenario, Prof. P. P. Mathur shared his rich experience and research accomplishments, starting from the establishment of the Bioinformatics centre at Pondicherry University in 1991 to the recent developments in the field like personalized medicine, 3000 rice genome project etc. His inspiring lecture covered the chronology of the evolution of sequencing methods, initial establishment of open-source bioinformatics resources on the global stage, landmark projects including the very first human genome, plant genomes such as rice and the 1000-genomes project in human and its implications to personalized medicine. He highlighted various bioinformatics resources available in the public domain including National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), DNA Databank of Japan (DDBJ), Protein Information Resource (PIR), UK-crop net database and others. He passionately appealed to scientists and young graduate students of CRRI to go beyond the conventional methods of investigation, by utilizing the bioinformatics web-resources and tools like hundreds of nucleic acid- as well as protein- databases published in journals such as Nucleic Acids Research, to critically investigate the relationships among ‘sequence-three dimensional structure–function’ so that molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes can be discovered which will lay foundation for practical applications in crop improvement and in human health. He also highlighted the enormous opportunities available with reduced cost and time of sequencing genomes. To drive home the point, he highlighted that in 2003, sequencing the human genome took ~2.7 billion dollars and 13 years of time, compared to ~5,000 dollars and 15 minutes of time required now to accomplish the same task. Indeed, the lecture served its purpose very well by inspiring the research community of CRRI to reinforce their quest for innovation and excellence in rice research by utilizing the unique strengths of India such as high quality human resource, low cost of hiring compared to western nations and its core strength in statistics and information technology.


Dr. Mohapatra, Director, ICAR-CRRI presided over the function and warmly felicitated Prof. P. P. Mathur on the occasion. Retired eminent scientists of CRRI, scientific staff, research fellows and graduate students attended and immensely benefitted from the lecture.









Visit of DDG (Crop Science), ICAR to CRRI, Cuttack
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Hon’ble Deputy Director General (Crop Science) visited ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack on 18 April, 2015 and held discussions with farmer-trainees and scientists. He met a group of trainees sponsored by ATMA, Bhagalpur, Bihar and listened to their problems in rice farming. Later on, he addressed the scientists, research scholars and students on rice production scenario in general and potential of Eastern India in particular. He advised the scientists to work more on abiotic stress towards meeting the challenges due to by adopting right kind of strategies and take leads. To improve quickly the productivity of rice in Eastern India, he laid emphasis on yield gap analysis and technological backstopping methods. He urged the scientists to significantly contribute to sustainable flow of technology to the end users through demonstrations in farmers' field. He listened to the scientists specially the young ones about their research work and provided his valuable suggestions. He along with the Director and scientists visited the experimental plots to assess the performance of the newly released varieties and breeding lines and made critical observations on important yield parameters, doubled haploid breeding for stress tolerance and nitrogen efficiency.


Dr. Sandhu visiting the demonstration plots               Having a critical look at next generation rice


Interacting with the staff of the institute                     With the the scientists and research follows










Training Programme on “Package of Practice for enhancing Rice Production and Productivity” organized
A Training Programme on “Package of Practice for enhancing Rice Production and Productivity” was organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack during 15-20 April, 2015 for 19 Kisan Mitras from various blocks of Bhagalpur district of Bihar and was sponsored by ATMA, Bhagalpur. Inaugurating the programme, Director of the institute Dr. T. Mohapatra emphasized on dissemination of latest information and location-specific technologies through the training and urged the participants to adopt crop diversification practices to combat negative effects of climate changes. At the outset, trainees expressed their needs and expectations out of the training and highlighted their local problems like, lack of irrigation facilities, labour scarcity during peak season like harvesting, and flood as well as drought in some parts of the district. Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (Crop Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi interacted with the trainees during his visit to the institute on 18th April, 2015 and appreciated the capacity building activities of the institute.



Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI delivering his talk on               Trainees are learning use of leaf colour chart (LCC) in the rice field
the opening session



Trainees looking at the rice combuster developed at CRRI         Scientist demonstrating the six-row drum seeder developed
                                                                                                                                             at the institute


As part of the training module, presentations/ interaction sessions between experts & participants followed by demonstrations, practical sessions & field visits were organized on various aspects of rice production technologies, namely, varietal selection, management of nursery, nutrients, water, weeds, pests, diseases, grain quality and post-harvest processing practices. Technology packages with regard to system of rice intensification (SRI) method, hybrid rice, organic rice cultivation, quality seed production, rice farm mechanization, rice-based farming systems, and cultivation of rice-based horticultural crops were also covered. Skill demonstrations on operation of farm implements like rice transplanter, drum seeder, seed drill, rice-husk combustor etc., use of CRRI-developed leaf colour chart (LCC) and one day exposure visit to farmers’ field  were highly appreciated by the trainees. They were also made aware about calculation of cost-benefits and developing local agricultural leadership for dissemination of rice technologies. Pre- and post-training knowledge scores were evaluated and found highly satisfying. During the closing function on 20th April, 2015, Director awarded certificates, and distributed training manuals, LCCs, seed mini kits and group photographs to all the participants. The programme was facilitated by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science and coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Senior Scientists.


Trainees with Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (CS), ICAR                          Sharing of experience by the trainee during closing ceremony


Director, CRRI distributing certificates to a trainee                         Trainees gathered for a group photograph with Director








Training-cum-Workshop on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act, 2001 organized at ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack, a unit of CRRI organized a Training-cum-Workshop on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act, 2001 with active participation of 100 farmers/ farm women/scientists of CRRI/ Subject matter experts of KVK on 27th March, 2015. It aimed at bringing greater awareness among farming community on the benefits of the Act and facilitating registration of farmers’ varieties.

 
         Dr SR Das speaking on the occasion                          Dr SR Dhua addressing to the gathering

The Chief Guest, Dr. S.R. Das, Honorary Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, an eminent rice breeder elaborated the importance of preserving the land races of plant varieties especially rice. He also emphasized that in-situ preservation of plant varieties is better than ex-situ preservation.  The Guest of Honour, Dr. S.R. Dhua, Consultant PPV & FRA, Govt. of Odisha, discussed about the necessity and process of plant variety registration. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Cuttack and Chairman of the programme called upon the farmers /farm women to realize the vast potential of nation’s land races and advised them to maintain those along with their popular varieties which would provide valuable traits to meet the challenges due to climate change. Dr. B.C. Patra, Principal Scientist., CRRI and resource person of the programme elaborated on the history of PPV & FR Act, steps in registration and benefits for the farmers. An exhibition displaying seeds of about 140 indigenous varieties of rice, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and fruits brought by the participating farmers/farm women inspired the visitors and strengthened the objective of the Act.


 
Chief guest along with Director, CRRI visiting                A farmer raising an issue during the interaction
                 the exhibition stall

Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the participants and Dr. S.M. Prasad, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Cuttack proposed vote of thanks.






Trainers’ Training Programme on "Hybrid Rice Production Technology"
In order to transfer knowledge and skill on advanced rice production technology and to improve management skills of farmers, one trailer made trainers’ training programme on “Hybrid Rice Production Technology” was organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack for 28 Extension Functionaries of Uttar Pradesh during 16-20 March, 2015. Being sponsored by State Institute for Management of Agriculture (SIMA), Rehmankhera, Lucknow, the training was designed according to their needs.
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI inaugurated the programme on 16 March, 2015. The trainees were exposed to various hybrid rice production technologies through interactive sessions and field visits. The topics covered included i) Rice varieties suitable for different ecosystems and their characteristics, ii) Current status of hybrid rice production in India and future prospects, iii) Rice hybrids released in India and their characteristics, iv) Production technology of hybrid rice, v) Integrated Nutrient Management, vi) Use of Customized Leaf Colour Chart (CLCC) for increasing N-use efficiency, vii) Management of rice hybrid seed production plots, viii) Supplementary out crossing techniques, harvesting and post-harvest operations, ix) Weed management, x) Grain quality, xi) Insect pests and their management, xii) Genetic resources and protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights in India (PPVFR), xiii) Characteristics of parental lines required for hybrid seed production and morphology of rice plant, xiv) Synchronization and adjustment of flowering in parental lines for hybrid seed production, xv) Diseases and their management, xvi) Economics of hybrid rice, and xvii) Constraints in adoption of hybrid rice.

 
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI addressing  to the participants            Participants looking at the farm implements developed at CRRI

                        
                                      
            Participants gathered for a group photograph
    
In the concluding session on 20 March, 2015 certificates, seeds and a manual on ‘Hybrid Rice Production Technology’ were distributed to the participants. Dr. Lipi Das and Dr. S.K. Mishra, Senior Scientists, Division of Social Sciences coordinated the programme.              

 
 Sharing of experiences by the participants during closing ceremony          Director, CRRI distributing certificates to the participants






DG, ICAR Inaugurates Office Building at RRLRRS-CRRI, Gerua
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Hon’ble Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR visited Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Station (RRLRRS), Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Gerua (Assam) on 8 March 2015. Dr. Ayyappan inaugurated the newly constructed Office-cum-Laboratory building of RRLRRS, Gerua. He interacted with the staff of the regional station and the scientists from other ICAR institutes/regional centres located nearby and provided his valuable guidance and suggestions for greater collaboration, more joint meetings and bringing out a newsletter for the North East under KIRAN (Knowledge Innovation Repository of Agriculture in the North East) platform. On this auspicious occasion, an interaction 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.  Hon’ble DG, ICAR in his address 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 so that a farmer can earn up to Rupees three lakhs per annum from one hectare of farmland.

 
 

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. On the occasion, four progressive farmers including two women expressed their happiness on the performance of rice varieties, namely Chandrama and Naveen in their locality and advised fellow farmers for adoption of the technologies available with CRRI.

 

Dr. K.B. Pun, Officer In-Charge, RRLRRS, Gerua, who along with his colleagues organized the events, offered vote of thanks.






 

"Workshop on Rice Production” organized by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack
ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute (ICAR-CRRI), Cuttack organized a
“Workshop on Rice Production” on 6th March, 2015 at the ‘Institute for Management of Agricultural Extension’ (IMAGE), Bhubaneswar in the side line of the state “Krishi Mahotsav” being celebrated from 5-8 March, 2015 at Bhubaneswar. The workshop was attended by over hundred rice farmers from various districts of Odisha, apart from above fifty state agriculture officers and scientists from CRRI. The main objective of the workshop was to help the farmers understand their problems in rice production and suggest recommendations.

 
Sri A. Sethi, Director, IMAGE addressing the audience                       Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI speaking on the occasion

The workshop was
inaugurated by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, ICAR-CRRI and Sri A. Sethi, Director, IMAGE. Addressing the gathering in the opening session, Sri Sethi said that the workshop is an excellent platform to bridge the existing information gap in order to empower the ultimate users, i.e., "farmers". He also highlighted about various promotion schemes of the state government in agriculture including irrigation facilities and subsidies in farm mechanization.

 
Technical presentations by CRRI scientists                                   Farmers during ‘Farmers-Scientists-Extension Officers’
                                                                                                       Interaction Session


Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director and Chairman highlighted the significant achievements of the institute including release of over 110 rice varieties for diverse ecologies. He appreciated and thanked the farmers of the state for their hard work and contributions resulting in a significant increase in food grain production, mainly rice, for which the state received “Krishi Karman Award” of the Govt. of India three times in last four years. He recalled the ‘food grain deficient situation’ during 1950s to the present day ‘food grain surplus situation’. He emphasized on ‘crop diversification’ by farmers in view of the frequent natural disasters like drought, cyclone and flood being received by the state almost every year. He urged the extension officers of various line departments, ‘not to work in isolation, rather to work in a convergence mode’ for faster and inclusive growth of the farmers.

The technical session included deliberations on i) Soil health and integrated nutrient management; ii) New inbred and hybrid rice varieties suitable for varied ecologies and adverse situations; iii) Integrated pest management; iv) Integrated disease management; and v) Options in rice farm mechanization for both small and large farmers, delivered by Dr. A.K. Nayak, Dr. S.K. Pradhan, Dr. S.D. Mohapatra, Dr. U. Dhua and Dr. P.C. Mohapatra, respectively. This was followed by “Scientists-Farmers-Extension Officers” interaction on problems and issues concerning rice production. The major concerns raised were on supply of quality seeds in time, irrigation infrastructure, establishment of rubber seller in each block and waiving of electricity charges in farming operations.


 
Guests on the Dais listening to the participating farmers              Guests distributing seed mini kits to state officials

During the closing function, the Director distributed ten 2-kg paddy seed mini kits of eight newly released CRRI varieties suitable for various rice ecologies to the Deputy Directors of Agriculture (DDAs)/their representatives of the state for demonstration. At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the guests & participants and coordinated the programme, and at the end, Dr. S.K. Mishra, Senior Scientist and Organizing Secretary offered the vote of thanks.








Farm Innovators Day observed by ICAR-CRRI, Cuttack
ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute (ICAR-CRRI), Cuttack observed
“Farm Innovators Day and BGREI Scientists-Farmers Interaction Meet” on 27th January, 2015 in its premises. Apart from central and state government officials, the programme was attended by over 250 innovative / progressive farmers and state department officers from 29 districts of Odisha.


Shri Ranglal Jamuda, IAS, Special Secretary,            Dr. P.K. Meherda, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Director,
DAC, MoA, Govt. of India and Chief Guest of the        Dept. of Agriculture and Food Production,
function addressing the audience                             Govt. of Odisha and Guest of Honour speaking
                                                                            on the occasion


              Release of Technology Bulletins                               A section of the audience

Sri Ranglal Jamuda, IAS, Special Secretary, DAC, MOA, Govt. of India
graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the event. He emphasized on ‘Seed, Soil and Water’ for sustaining agricultural production in the state and stressed the need for addressing problem 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 appreciated the contributions of CRRI in increasing food production, productivity and national food security, and appealed the farming communities to take advantages of the varieties and technologies developed by CRRI. He thanked the CRRI scientists, state agriculture officials and the farmers for the progress of agriculture especially in rice cultivation during last 3-4 years through NFSM/ BGREI programmes of the DAC, GOI.


                                        
Innovative farmers sharing their experiences


           DDA, Bargarh giving his remarks                       Farmers looking at the agricultural implements
                                                                                                      developed at CRRI


The Guest of Honour Dr. P.K. Meherda, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Director, Dept. of Agriculture and Food Production, Govt. of 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. T. Mohapatra, Director and Chairman highlighted the significant 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 summarized the suggestions for taking further actions.


         A farmer visiting the exhibition stall                 An innovative farmer being awarded by the Chief Guest

The technical session included presentations on i) rice varieties for varied ecologies and adverse situations; ii) problem soils and their management; iii) new practices of crop protection technology; iv) quality aspects of rice for remunerative market price; and v) socio-economic and development issues in rice. Then, the innovative/ progressive farmers presented their views, innovative experiences and difficulties faced by them in agriculture. The Deputy Directors of Agriculture (DDAs) and other agriculture officers also shared their view points, followed by a lively and fruitful interactive session by scientists-farmers-extension officers. The Chief Guest felicitated 32 innovative rice farmers from all the districts on the occasion with trophy and certificate. Three extension bulletins on ‘CRRI rice varieties for diverse ecologies’, ‘Rice nematodes and their management’, and ‘Agro-climatic characterization for crop planning in water stress prone area of Ganjam’ were released by the dignitaries. An exhibition displaying CRRI technologies and implements was also organized on the occasion. Dr. B.N. Sadangi welcomed the guests and dignitaries and Dr. Amal Ghosh offered the vote of thanks, while Dr. Lipi Das and Dr. S.K. Mishra coordinated the programme.







ADG (Seeds & FFC), ICAR Visited Farmers' Field
Dr. J.S. Chauhan, ADG (Seeds & FFC), ICAR, New Delhi visited Sankilo village of Cuttack, Odisha on 14th January, 2015 to see various research and developmental activities being undertaken by CRRI under the institute project “Designing and Testing of Gender Sensitive Approaches in Rice Farming” along with Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director and Dr. Lipi Das, Principal Investigator. At the outset, Dr. Das welcomed the guests and apprised various project activities undertaken so far since its inception from April, 2012. Demonstration of suitable CRRI rice varieties, vegetable & pulses, making of value-added products, drudgery-reducing farm machineries, season-wise skill-trainings, workshops and technical back stopping, mobilization & registration of a women development group of forty women rice growers in the name of “Ananya Mahila Vikas Samiti”, linking the group with banks & markets and establishment of value-chain in the village etc. were the activities, which were undertaken in the project. The Director shared his experiences of association with the group and lauded their sustained enthusiasm and sincere works for the cause of sustainable agricultural development.

 


Dr. Chauhan visited the fields along with the women farmers to see the vegetable demonstration fields under the rice-based cropping system. He was extremely happy to see excellent crops of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, radish, coriander, pumpkin etc. He interacted with the women farmers and appreciated the honest efforts made and excellent works done by them in addition to their domestic responsibilities. He also praised the field works done by CRRI in the villages. During the discussion, it was suggested to promote establishment of market chain and to support creation of local seed processing and cold storage facilities through external-funded projects. It was agreed by the farmer’s group to grow high-value rice varieties like, Gitanjali, Chinikamini and Heera in coming kharif season for fetching higher market price. At the end, Dr. Lipi Das offered thanks to honourable ADG for his valuable suggestions and assured to strengthen the work as per his advice.

 









ICAR-CRRI Signs MoU with Private Seed Company
The ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack has developed three rice hybrids namely Rajalaxmi (CRHR 5), Ajay (CRHR 7) and CR Dhan 701 (CRHR-32) of which Ajay and Rajalaxmi are for cultivation in irrigated ecology, whereas CR Dhan 701 is for shallow lowland ecosystem. The maturity duration of these hybrids are 130, 135 and 142 days, respectively. These hybrids are becoming popular and private seed companies are coming forward to take up production and marketing of hybrid seeds under MoA on non-exclusive basis. CRRI has so far signed 26 MoUs with private seed companies under PPP mode for the benefit of the farmers. Another Memorandum of Agreement was signed with Bioseed Research India, Hyderabad on 14th January, 2015 in presence of ADG (Seeds & FFC), ICAR, New Delhi and Director, ICAR-CRRI for commercial seed production of late duration rice hybrid CR Dhan 701. This will support spread of the hybrid in coming years in the country.


                                     MoU signed with Bioseed Research India, Hyderabad



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