Launch-workshop of the new Plan Scheme on “Incentivizing Research in Agriculture”
A new 12th Plan  Scheme on “Incentivizing Research in Agriculture” comprising of projects on rice yield under low light, C3-C4 intermediate pathway in Poaceae, genetic modifications to improve biological nitrogen fixation, molecular genetic analysis of resistance/tolerance to different stresses and semen sexing in cattle has been sanctioned by the ICAR. The scheme was launched in presence of Prof. Swapan K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi on 13 January 2015 at Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack. The Launch-workshop was also attended by Dr. J.S. Chauhan, Additional Director General (Seeds), ICAR, New Delhi and PIs and Co-PIs of different component projects. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and the Coordinator of the Scheme gave a brief account of the scheme. The overall objective of this programme is to make efforts towards enhancing production potential of rice through C3 to C4 transformation and by enhancing yield under low light intensity situation particularly in eastern India. The programme also contemplates to reduce chemical fertilizer use through engineering biological nitrogen fixation in rice and wheat. Molecular breeding for stress tolerance will get a boost in major crops like rice, wheat, mustard and chick pea. Semen sexing technology proposed to be developed in the project will augment our efforts towards enhancing milk production in cattle. The programme is an important step in the direction of finding solution to long standing problems using new tools and technology. There are 24 partner Institutions and 142 scientific personnel as PI and Co-PIs involved in this scheme. There was a detailed discussion on the work plan and activities of each component projects particularly for the rest period of this financial year. Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, the Coordinating unit will have the responsibility of getting the projects periodically monitored and evaluated. For this purpose, a committee of experts will be constituted by the Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi. There will be half yearly group meetings involving PIs and Co-PIs under each project. All the groups will meet once in year for a detailed discussion of progress.  Prof. Datta advised all concerned to take their components in the project seriously and deliver the results.

Prof. Swapan K. Datta inaugurating the Launch-Workshop              Prof. Swapan K. Datta addressing on the occasion

                Dr. J.S. Chauhan giving his remarks                                            Release of  brochure on the project

     Participant scientists gathered for a group photograph                              A view of the interactive session

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack observed Women in Agriculture Day
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack, a unit of ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed the “Women in Agriculture Day” on 3rd December, 2014 at CRRI, Cuttack on the theme “Harnessing the potential of women in agriculture through group approach”. Smt. Snehangini Chhuria, Honourable Minister of State (Independent charge), Handloom, Textile and Handicrafts, SC/ST Development and Women and Child Development (Mission Shakti), Govt. of Odisha, inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest and released an extension leaflet in Odia entitled “Baigyanika upayare sasya sanrakhyna”. In her address, the Chief Guest, emphasized on the role of self-help groups (SHGs) in promoting women empowerment in social and economic spheres. She encouraged women groups not to be cowed down by negative attitude of the society and courageously work together to stand on their own and be self-reliant socially and economically. She carefully listened to the problems faced by the SHGs and assured that Govt. would take all possible measures to provide avenues for their training, availability of raw materials and marketing their products.

    Hon'ble minister inaugurating the programme           Hon'ble guests releasing the extension leaflet

    Hon'ble Minister addressing the
gathering                Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director expressing his views

Dr Neelam Grewal, Director, DRWA, the Guest of Honour explained the opportunities available to the women SHGs. As women play a vital role in agricultural production, she suggested that bank loan, marketing, transport facilities and training should be made available to the groups. Dr T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and Chairman of the function, highlighted the importance of group efforts in women empowerment. He advised the participants to remain in contact of research institutions, development agencies and policy making bodies to derive the required support for their success. The exhibition of different products prepared by women SHGs namely rice value added products, vegetable, straw art, vermicompost, mushroom, candle and terrakota generated a lot of interest among the visitors including the dignitaries and farm women.

A women leader from SHG describing her experience       Dignitaries visiting value added products stall

   Hon'ble Minister looking at the rice and rice               
Dr Neelam Grewal, Director, DRWA distributing
        based products displayed in the stall                               certificates to different SHGs

An interactive session was held on the theme wherein the farm women shared their experiences, needs, problems, traditional skills and successes. Women scientists of the institute and experts from different line departments participated in this discussion and provided valuable inputs for success of the women in their enterprises. Eleven SHGs consisting of 120 farm women participated in the programme and successful women SHGs were awarded prizes and certificates. Dr Biswanath Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division, CRRI, welcomed the dignitaries and farm women and Dr. S.M. Prasad, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Cuttack, offered vote of thanks. Mrs. Sujata Sethy, SMS (Home Science) coordinated the programme with the active involvement of Subject Matter Specialists, Shri Dillip Ranjan Sarangi, Dr Manish Chourasia and Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohanta.


Winter School on Soil Health Assessment and GHG emissions in Rice Organized
CRRI organized a Model Training Course sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi on “Advanced Techniques for Assessment of Soil Health, GHG emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Rice under Changing Climatic Scenario and Mitigation Strategies” from 11th November to 1st December, 2014 for the officers in the cadre of scientists/assistant professors or equivalents and above.

Professor V. L.  Chopra, Ex-DG, ICAR and Secretary, DARE, New Delhi inaugurated the programme. The inaugural programme is also attended by the guest of honours Dr. Dr. V.K. Dadhwal, Director, NRSC (ISRO), Hyderabad and Dr. A.K. Singh, Head, Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi. In his address as Chief Guest, Prof. V.L. Chopra highlighted the importance of sustainable management of soil under the climate change scenario. He appreciated the efforts of CRRI for hosting this training programme and expressed that the training programme is very relevant under the scenario of climate change for the benefit of scientists/researchers/teachers/subject matter specialists. Dr. V.K. Dadhwal delivered lead lecture on the use of remote sensing for the assessment of soil health and elaborated the role and importance of the remote sensing in monitoring the changes in soil conditions over time. Dr. A.K. Singh highlighted the importance of the healthy soil for improved production and maintaining environmental quality. He emphasized the importance of advanced techniques for the assessment of soil health to monitor the changes. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI in the opening remarks welcomed the guests and elucidated the current research needs and future strategies for enhancing rice production in the country through efficient management of abiotic stresses that has assumed greater importance in the climate change regime. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Head, Crop Production Division and Course Director welcomed the dignitaries and participants in the inaugural session and briefed about the winter school programme and the participants attending the course. On this occasion the training manual was released by Professor V. L.  Chopra. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Mohammad Shahid (Scientist & Course Co-Director) and Dr. P. Bhattacharyya (Sr. Scientist and Course Co-Director) presented the vote of thanks.
Prof. VL Chopra, Ex-DG, ICAR and Secretary, DARE          Practical Manual released by the Chief Guest
DARE lightening the lamp in inaugural session

The winter school is a part of mid career training programme for agricultural scientists belonging to various agricultural institutes and universities including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. Twenty-five participants at the level of scientists/assistant professor and subject matter specialist from eleven states attended the training. The training included 36 lectures, 15 hands on practical sessions, on-station field visits for exposure to innovations in soil health assessment, GHG emissions, carbon sequestrations and climate change mitigation strategies in rice. Visits of important technological sites like CIFA and farmers’ fields were also arranged for visibility of technologies. Besides lectures by the scientists of the institute, 14 guest lectures were delivered by outside experts including Dr. V.K. Dadhwal (Director, NRSC, Hyderabad), Dr. D.S. Uprety (Emiritus Scientist, IARI), Dr. D. Panda (Retd.  Principal Scientist, CRRI and Former Director, WALMI, Odisha), Dr. A.P. Singh (Professor, BHU, Varanasi), Dr. A.K. Shukla (AICRP-Micronutrients, IISS, Bhopal), Dr. B.S. Das (Professor, IIT, Kharagpur), Dr. G.W. Joshi (Thermo Scientific, Mumbai), Dr. H. Pathak (Principal Scientist, IARI), Dr. R.N. Sahoo (Sr. Scientist, IARI), Dr. S. Karthikeyan (Professor, TNAU, Coimbatore), Dr. D. Balachandran (Professor, TNAU, Coimbatore), Dr. A.K. Parida (Professor & Head, OUAT, Bhubaneswar), Dr. K.K. Rout (Professor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar) and Mr. Ranveer (Campbell Scientific Elcome Technologies, New Delhi).
Guest lecture Dr. AK Shukla delivering the lecture                             Laboratory exercise

               Eddy co-variance system                                                Field measurement of GHG

During the winter school, the aspects covered were current status of rice production scenario and research efforts to increase the production; soil quality and soil health management under rice production system; soil carbon sequestration; remote sensing as a tool for assessment and management of soil health; green house gas emissions from rice soil and mitigation options; nutrient management strategies under changing climatic scenario; advanced instrumentation and laboratory/ field techniques for assessment of soil health, GHGs emission and carbon sequestration including ICP-OES, AAS, Eddy co-variance system, OTC, CHN analyzer, FTIR etc.; soil productivity and fertility under changing climatic scenario; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies; use of advanced statistical software etc. The trainees got hands-on-learning experience through this capacity building programme.
   Dr. T Mohapatra, Director, CRRI delivering                 Chief Guest distributing certificate to participant
                     valedictory lecture

Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI grace the valedictory function as Chief Guest on 1st December, 2014 and delivered valedictory lecture on “
Current rice research and future strategies under changing climate scenario” and a DVD on winter school lecture presentations was also released by him. The chief guest distributed the certificates to the participants and encouraged them to put to use the training received in the winter school. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Course Director welcomes the guests, Dr. P. Bhattacharyya, Course Co-Director presented the summary of the proceedings of the winter school and Dr. Mohammad Shahid, Course Co-Director proposed vote of thanks.

Dr. S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU, New Delhi delivered the 23rd Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture on 24th November 2014
The 23rd Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture was jointly organized by the Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Trust (GSMT) and Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 24th November 2014. Dr. S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was the Guest Speaker and Dr. Pramod Kumar Mohapatra, Member, GSMT and Executive Editor of the popular Odia daily, The Samaja was the Guest of Honour.

     Inauguration of function                             Dr. Sopory delivering the memorial lecture

Dr. S.K. Sopory delivered the memorial lecture on “Glyoxalase pathway: Role in stress tolerance in plants”. He first remembered referring to the work of Dr. Gopinath Sahu during his early research career and paid rich tribute to him. He described the problems due to abiotic stress in general and salinity in particular and how these problems are going to be further accentuated under climate change effects. Dr. Sopory elaborated on the work that was carried out in his laboratory over a decade on understanding glyoxalase system, the genes involved and their functional significance. In particular he highlighted the functional validation of glyoxalase-I and glyoxalase-II genes and thus demonstrated their use in engineering salinity tolerance in rice.

                                                                Interaction with scientist

The Guest of Dr. P.K. Mohapatra described the challenges due to climate change and described some adaptation and mitigation strategies. Dr. K.S. Behera, Editor-in-Chief of ORYZA welcomed the guests and the participants. Dr. T.Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, presided over the function and Dr. M.J. Baig, Treasurer of ARRW offered vote of thanks.  

Looking at the heavy panicles of Next Generation rice           Looking at the exhibits of Oryza museum

Dr. Sopory visited the museum and experimental fields, discussed with the concerned scientists and gave his valuable suggestions with regard to development/evaluation of high protein and new generation rice.

Visit of Padma Vibhusan Professor MS Swaminathan to Central Rice Research Institute
Eminent agricultural scientist Professor MS Swaminathan paid a visit to CRRI on 16 November, 2014 and enlightened the scientists of CRRI and other ICAR institutes on various issues related to agriculture in general and rice in particular. He was given a warm welcome by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute, retired scientists, NAAS fellows and staff. Professor Swaminathan in his address emphasized on the role of public research institute in agricultural development of the country and suggested that climate and natural resource degradation issues must be addressed vigorously. Referring to the contribution of CRRI, he brought out that the seed of Green Revolution in rice was shown in fields of CRRI. He further drew the attention of the scientists to the plights of small and marginal farmers with respect to their resources and climate change. Describing the food security scenario of India, he advised that scientists should conduct research to increase the productivity of rice by 50% from available land, which is estimated to be 30% less than today, by using less water, chemical fertilizer and labour. He was of the opinion that modern scientific tools are to be strategically used to achieve the target of higher productivity coupled with climate resilience.

Agriculture Education Day Celebrated at CRRI, Cuttack
The Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated its 3rd “Agriculture Education Day” on 14th November, 2014 in its premises with the participation of 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 Prof. U.C. Mohanty, Emeritus Professor, IIT, Bhubaneswar & President of Odisha Bigyan Academy inaugurated the programme with lighting of lamp and floral tribute to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India on his birth anniversary. He also inaugurated the Agricultural Science Exhibition showcasing the projects developed by the students of all the participating schools and colleges on the theme “Rural Agricultural Production Systems for Livelihood Security”. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed on the need for research on green energy and agricultural biodiversity resources and their optimal use for bringing sustainable development and prosperity to the society. He encouraged the students and advised them to keep agriculture and allied subjects in mind, while choosing a career in future.

Prof. S.P. Adhikary
, Vice-Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore and the Chief Speaker described evolution of agriculture since the pre-historic era and domestication of crops. He highlighted the achievements in the field of agriculture that has made the country self-sufficient in feeding its 1.2 billion population and also becoming a net exporter of food grain after independence, the credit for which goes to sustained and committed efforts of the agricultural scientists and farmers.

The Chairman of the inaugural function Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI briefed about 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. Students interested in biological/agricultural science should not sacrifice their interest due to societal pressure. On this occasion, the Chief Guest released one educational bulletin entitled “Marvels of Agricultural Science” for the benefits of the students.

The day-long celebration was highly exciting with special events for the participating students like Debate competition on “Can Modern Science Contribute to Climate-Resilient Agriculture?”; Quiz competition on “General Agriculture”; and Group Song competition, apart from the Exhibition project competition 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. A special Interaction Meet was held between the students and the Fellows of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi including stalwarts like Prof. K. Pradhan, former VC, OUAT; Prof. B.C. Tripathy, VC, Ravenshaw University; Dr. P. Das,
former Director, RPRC, Bhubaneswar and Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI.

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 Prof. B.C. Tripathy, Vice Chancellor, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack 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 and Organizing Secretary proposed vote of thanks.

A Public Awareness Campaign on “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” organized by CRRI
A public awareness campaign on cleanliness was organized by Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack in collaboration with CRRI High School on 25th October, 2014 under the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” being implemented at the institute. The day-long programme was started with a morning rally (Prabhat Pheri), where over 200 students, school teachers and CCRI staff led by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of CRRI and Mrs. Ranjita Pradhan, Head Mistress of CRRI High School participated. The participants carrying banners and placards on cleanliness (Swachhta) walked through the neighbouring villages Kanheipur and Bhadimul, and the CRRI campus enchanting the slogans as per the vision put forth by the Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. The villagers also showed their enthusiasm on this noble cause.

Participants of the public awareness campaign on Swachh                 School Students, teachers and CRRI staff with
Bharat Abhiyan at the CRRI High School                                                        placards and enchanting slogans

                                            Students and staff with placards and slogans moving around the villages

Participants of cleanliness awareness campaign congregating at the CRRI main building

Later, debate and painting competitions based on ‘Swachh Bharat’ theme were organized among the school students and the winners were awarded with prizes and certificates. Speaking on the occasion, Director lauded the mission started by our honourable prime minister and emphasized on the need of cleanliness at all levels including individual, family, school, office, village and city level for healthy mind and body leading to higher work efficiency and for overall national development. He urged that this campaign should not remain just symbolic, rather be integrated in every individual’s day-to-day life. Dr. A.K. Nayak, Head, Crop Production and Chairman of the organizing committee stressed on both internal as well as external cleanliness of everyone and its relevance. Mrs. Ranjita Pradhan, Head Mistress of CRRI High School also spoke to the students on the occasion. At the end, Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist and Convener offered vote of thanks.

Director Dr. T. Mohapatra addressing the school children,             Dr. A.K. Nayak, Head & Chairman, Organizing Committee
teachers and staff of CRRI
                                                                   addressing the gathering

A student participating in debate competition                                         Students participating in painting competition

A winner of competition being awarded by the Director                           A winner of competition being awarded by the
                                                                                                                              Headmistress, CRRI High School


Workshop on Rice seed production: Constraints and Prospects at CRRI
The Institute Technology Management Unit of Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack organized a workshop on Rice Seed Production: Constraints and Prospects on 18th October, 2014. The workshop was chaired by Dr. J.S. Chauhan, ADG (Seeds), ICAR, New Delhi and co-chaired by Sri R.S. Gopalan, IAS, Director (Agriculture & Food Production), Govt. of Odisha. More than 80 participants from State Agriculture Dept, National Seeds Corporation, OSSOPCA, Odisha Agro- Industries Ltd, Private Seed Companies, Scientists from CRRI and OUAT, Farmer Seed producing agencies, progressive farmers and women farmers directly involved in seed production attended the meeting. The objective of the workshop was presented by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI where he highlighted the importance of producing and supplying quality seed of both HYVs and hybrids to different stakeholders and their problems and prospects thereof. Sri R.S. Gopalan, IAS, made a presentation on Paddy Production in Odisha, in which he highlighted the status of rice area, production, productivity (2361 kg/ha) and seed replacement rate (about 25%) in Odisha. He indicated that main constraints are frequent occurrence of natural calamities like drought, flood, cyclonic storms, poor irrigation system and soil health problems. Mr. Gopalan highlighted several issues related to regulating framework, seed quality assurance, trained man power needs etc. Mr. B.T. Sheshadri, Representative from Syngenta Foundation made a brief presentation and highlighted the thoughts of their involvement in developing Kalahandi district as a seed production hub by investing in infrastructural activity. He raised his concern about late release of water in Indravati project canal during Rabi season. He also requested for development of infrastructure facilities like ware house and seed processing units in Kalahandi. He suggested for an agreement between Odisha State Seed Corporation and private seed producing agencies to buy back the produce. Dr J.S. Chauhan, in his Chairman’s remarks, summarized the issues and challenges to rice seed system and suggested robust mechanism to strengthen public system, promote partnership with private and encourage efficient participatory seed production so that Odisha becomes a seed hub.

Based on discussions involving all the participants, the following general recommendations emerged.

A robust and efficient rice seed system (Rice Seed Value Chain) is essential for sustained increase in rice production and productivity in Odisha

The state should facilitate RSVC for both HYVs and hybrids for internal consumption and also for export that will enhance farmers’ income; in the process becomes a national rice seed hub.

Seed replacement rate has to, at least, reach the level of national average, which is about 37%; a strategy has also to be developed and implemented to increase variety replacement rate in the state

A comprehensive seed rolling plan and its implementation by improved public system, and stronger public-private-partnership with due emphasis on equity is required

A Self Sustaining Seed System for Rice (S4R) needs to be tried and if found successful, be promoted in order to decentralize the seed system

Seed production infrastructure (for processing, storage, threshing, quality analysis etc.) is required in every block/tehsil  to create local seed hubs that should address issues of transport, storage, quality and equity

A regulatory authority should be in place with adequate infrastructure and trained manpower to ensure  higher efficiency and better seed quality

High throughput and high precision technology has to be employed for both efficient  seed production and for ensuring the required seed quality

Timely availability of irrigation water, supply of power, credit and other inputs, and simplification of the current seed certification process are indispensible for a successful and vibrant seed system

A comprehensive database of all the released/ notified varieties (at least those in seed chain) is required

Earlier, Dr. O.N. Singh, Head, Crop Improvement Division welcomed the participants.Dr. B.C. Patra, Principal Scientist and Member Secretary, ITMC proposed vote of thanks.

Interface Meet Organized at CRRI
The 3rd“Interface Meet of the ICAR Institutes-SAU-State Departments” for the year 2014-15 for Odisha was organized at CRRI, Cuttack during 21-22October, 2014.The two-day meet was chaired by Prof (Dr.) Manoranjan Kar, Vice-Chancellor, OrissaUniversity of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar. Inaugurating the meet, he appreciated the initiative of the Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR to hold this meet to bring all stakeholders on a single platform to discuss various issues concerning agricultural growth and development in the state. He emphasized on crop diversification, low-cost technologies and integrated farming system for economic and livelihood security of 82 per cent small and marginal farmers of the state. He appealed for a focus on production of quality seed & planting materials of different crops for improving seed replacement rate (SRR), a robust Contingent Plan for this calamity-prone coastal state and climate resilient agricultural practices. Chief Guest of the function Sri Rajesh Verma, IAS & Principal Secretary (Agriculture& Cooperation), Govt. of Odisha, while addressing in the afternoon session, emphasized on strengthening and institutionalizing the linkages among all stakeholders and organizations at grass root levels. KVKs of all districts can be the central platforms at district level and all other stakeholders should work hand-in-hand with KVKs to demonstrate and disseminate agricultural technologies and information.At the outset, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI& Convener of the meet briefed about the objectives of the meet and presented the ATR on action points of the last meet. He urged upon on developing and demonstrating a “Customized IntegratedFarming System” model by suitably integrating all models developed by ICAR institutes of Odisha and OUAT involving all stakeholders including state development departments and farmers, which should be sustainable, profitable, replicable and resilient to climate change. He also emphasized on establishing workable value chains and proposed a Self-Sustaining Seed System (SSSS) model for rice seed production.



Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT and Chairman of the Interface Meet addressing the participants

Chief Guest Sri Rajesh Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary (Agril), Govt of Odisha addressing the gathering



Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT inaugurating the exhibition stalls

DGM, SBI interacting with the participants

There was lively discussion involving all concerned particularly young entrepreneurs and farmers. Major concerns and issues of farming communities those emerged during the two days deliberations and interactionsincluded timely supply of good quality seeds and planting materials including fish seeds and chicklings, simplification of financing schemes ande-processing of bank loans, creation of sufficient infrastructures for storage,irrigationfacility, post-harvest processing, value chain and marketing, climate resilient agriculture and contingent plan for the state, farm mechanization, integrated farming system, animal health care and dairy development, and awareness drive by government organizations about their schemes for the real benefit of clients.



AGM, NABARD addressing the gathering

Chief Operating Office of Milk Mantra presenting his views



A progressive farmer and seed producer presenting his views

A women farmer raising an issue

The interactive meet was attended by more than 150 participants including representatives of the state line departments, Heads/representatives of Directors of ICAR institutes/ regional stations/ KVKs of Odisha, Deans of OUAT, DGM ofSBI, AGM of NABARD, leading NGOs, agro-based industries and farmers & farmwomen. An exhibition was also organized on the occasion, where all institutes and organizations displayed their models and technologies. At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Division of Social Sciences welcomed the guests and delegates and Dr. N.C. Rath, Principal Scientist offered vote of thanks.

KVK, Cuttack observed "Woorld Food Day-2014"
World Food Day was observed on 16th October, 2014 at Agrahat village of Tangi-Choudwar block, Cuttack, Odisha by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Santhapur, Cuttack (a unit of ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack) on the theme: “Family Farming”. Three hundred farmers and farm women from the locality and 150 school children participated in the programme. Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and the Chief Guest inaugurated the main function and released a leaflet on “Family Farming” for awareness of the farming community. He called upon the stakeholders to focus on family farming for all-round prosperity of the villages including nutritional security. Shri Sarat Chandra Sahoo, DDA, Cuttack, the chief speaker and Shri Hemant Kumar Swain, BDO, Tangi-Choudwar block and Shri P.K. Das, Headmaster of the Agrahat High School, the guests of honour addressed the gathering. Dr B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division, Dr A.K. Nayak, Head, Crop Production Division, Shri S.S.C. Pattanaik, Senior Scientist and Dr R.K. Mohanta, SMS Animal Science spoke on various aspects of family farming. Selected farmers and farm women narrated their successful experiences in family farming. The concept and benefits of family farming and appropriate approaches to incorporate field crops, horticultural crops and livestock enterprises in this system in the context of household resources, opportunities and climatic changes were presented in the function. Five families, for their intense involvement in family farming, and eight students, for their success in quiz competition were awarded prizes. Dr S.M. Prasad, PC KVK, welcomed the dignitaries and Mrs. Sujata Sethy, SMS (Home Science) coordinated the programme. Shri Chandrasekhar Ray, a progressive farmer of Agrahat, proposed the vote of thanks.




Workshop-cum-training programme organized on 15 October, 2014

Release of KVK Newsletter on the occassion



Farmers sharing their experiences about family farming


A workshop-cum-training programme on the above theme was also organized on the eve of World Food Day (15th October) wherein 100 farmers and farm women from 5 villages took part and shared their valuable experiences. The Nodal Officer, PC and all SMSs of KVK, Cuttack initiated the discussion on various issues and prepared a document for developing an action plan.



Deputy Director of Agriculture, Cuttack speaking on the occasion

A woman family farmer being awaded on the occasion



Prize distribution to the winer of the quiz competition

School students and farmers gathered on this occasion

'Academic Program for Knowledge and Skill Development' inaugurated at the Institute on 08.10.2014
With a view to enhance skills and knowledge of scientific staff and  research scholars and to keep them abreast of new developments in rice science, the Director, CRRI, Dr. T. Mohapatra convened a meeting of Heads of Divisions, Scientists, Research Scholars and research project workers on 15.09.2014 to deliberate upon the issue. After a thorough discussion, it was decided to initiate an 'Academic Program for Knowledge and Skill Development' by holding lecturers on various topics covering all major disciplines of rice science. The course content covering fourteen different areas was prepared. This program was formally launched on 8.10.2014 with the Vice Chancellor of OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Professor Manoranjan Kar as the Chief Guest. The Dean College of Agriculture, OUAT and Dean Life Sciences, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack were invited to the function as Guests of Honour. On this occasion, Prof Kar, gave a lecture on the “Physiology of Drought Tolerance in Plants”. Lectures in six of the  areas, namely, Basic Plant Breeding and Genetics including Genetic Resources, Crop Physiology & Biochemistry, Crop Protection, Soil Science, Microbiology -Basic concepts and Crop Production have already been finalized, which are going to be held from 4.30 to 5.30 PM every day with the objective to complete the six areas by March 2015. Career counseling shall also be done to research scholars during this period.  The lectures for other eight courses will start from April, 2015. The practical classes shall be planned in order to cover field visits, lab visits/exposures and some explanations on theory. The list of fourteen areas planned with names of course leader for each are given in the table. The course leader will formulate the course in consultation with the associates and decide the content as well as the number of lectures to be delivered by each.   There will be a maximum of 24 lectures for each area except Bioinformatics and Social Sciences for which the number of lectures will be 12 each. 

This is a completely voluntary activity for scientists as well as for the research fellows. It has been initiated to strengthen the scientific knowledge base of research staff and is expected to benefit all participants in planning and executing their experiments better.

Table: List of courses planned for 2014-15 and 2015-16

Sl. No.




Basic Genetics and Plant Breeding

Dr. S.K. Pradhan


Crop Production and Management

Dr. A. Ghosh


Environmental Science / Soil Science / Soil fertility / Soil Microbiology


Dr. A.K. Nayak


Basics of Crop Protection

Dr. U. Dhua


Basic Crop Physiology & Biochemistry

Dr. S.G. Sharma


Microbiology – Basic Concepts

Dr. T.K. Dangar


Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering

Dr. S. Samanatray


Molecular Biology

Dr. J.L. Katara


Molecular Breeding

Dr. L. Behera


‘Omics’ Technologies

Dr. T. Mohapatra



Dr. Soham Ray



Dr. N. Jambhulkar


Techniques & Instrumentation

Dr. M.J. Baig


Social Science

Dr. B.N. Sadangi

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at ICAR-CRRI
On the occasion of “Gandhi Jayanti”, the “Swachh Bharat Mission”, an initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, was launched at ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha. “Swachhta Shapath Samaroh” was organized in its premises, which began with floral offerings to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and the former Prime Minister of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, p naying tribute to two of the country’s remarkable personalities, on their birth anniversary.

Director, CRRI administrating "Swachhta Shapath"           Director, CRRI addressing the staff on
to the staff                                                                   "Swachh Bharat Mission"

CRRI staff gathering for "Swachha Bharat Abhiyan"    "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" procession by CRRI staff

The Director administered the ”Swachhta Shapath” to the staff members of CRRI. Dr. Mohapatra 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. The Director declared that every year, CRRI will celebrate this day as Swachhta Diwas in future. The Director along with the staff of the institute participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and every one devoted two hours for campus cleaning.

                                        Campus cleaning by the CRRI staff

Bright scope for collaboration between CRRI and Ruchi on rice based Value Added Products
Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack and M/s Om Oil & Flour Mills Ltd. (popularly known as ‘Ruchi’ Company) have agreed to collaborate to develop and popularize rice-based value added products (VAP) for the welfare of both rice producers and the consumers of the country, apart from benefiting other players in the value chain. This was decided in a meeting held between Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director of CRRI and Mr. Sarat Kumar Sahoo, Managing Director of Ruchi held on 26th August, 2014 at CRRI in the presence of scientists of CRRI and senior officials of Ruchi. CRRI will provide the required technologies, products and formulations with all nutritional facts, figures, cooking process etc, while the company will initiate Research & Development (R&D) to fine tune the products as well as to market the products with due recognition to CRRI.

During the discussion, some of the highly demanding and export quality CRRI rice varieties were identified for mass production in farmers’ fields through contract farming for subsequent processing, packaging and marketing by Ruchi company. CRRI rice varieties like, small-grained scented rice (Nua Chinikamini, Nua Kalajeera and Nua Dhusara), long-grained basmati rice (Poonabhog- a non-sticky rice and Gitanjali), organically-produced protein-rich (12-13%) rice, low glycemic index (GI) rice: brown rice, black rice etc. will be produced in bulk in participation with farmers. Ruchi has assured to procure the produce from the farmers at a higher price and market after processing, value addition and packaging.

Apart from packaged raw and parboiled rice, rice-based value added products and snacks, like ready-to-eat masala mudhi, rice upama, curd rice, rice dalia and traditional food items like rice muan, poda pitha etc. will be prepared with the help of farm women and agri-preneurs enrolled under CRRI projects and will be marketed though the Ruchi. The company has also agreed to open an out-let inside the CRRI campus for sale of rice-based value added products as soon as CRRI provides proper space for it. The programme was attended by Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Dr. O.N. Singh, Dr. Meera Kar, Dr. B.C. Patra, Dr. S.S.C. Patnaik, Dr. S.K. Mishra, and Dr. T.B. Bagchi from CRRI and Mr. Shradhananda Jena, Executive Director, Ruchi. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist of the institute.

Training-cum-Workshop on “Designing and Testing of Gender Sensitive Approaches in Rice Farming”
A one day Training -cum- Workshop on “Designing and Testing of Gender Sensitive Approaches in Rice Farming” was organized by CRRI, Cuttack on 11th August, 2014 in Sankilo Village of Nischintakoili block, Cuttack district, Odisha under the chairmanship of Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director CRRI, Cuttack as part of a project activity. The workshop was attended by over eighty participants including Heads of Divisions & scientists of CRRI, local Sarpanch of the Gram Pachayat, farm women and representatives from mass media like Doordarshan, Bhubaneswar & All India Radio, Cuttack.

At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Division Social Sciences described about the major objective of the project i.e., to empower the farm women technologically, socially, economically and morally and to bring them into the main stream of development through a socially acceptable and replicable approach. Dr. Lipi Das, Senior Scientist & Project Principal Investigator briefed up about the significant achievements made during the last two years and enlisted the
major lessons learnt from field. Then, the training was conducted by the experts from CRRI namely, Dr. S.G. Sharma, Dr. S. Saha, Dr. M. Din, Dr. Meera Kar, Dr. S.K. Mishra, Dr. S.M. Prasad, Dr. S.D. Mohapatra and Dr. T.B. Bagchi, on various aspects of rice production technologies.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director emphasized on some strategies points like, immediate registration of a women development group for availing the benefits of the government sponsored schemes and empower the women group economically; capacity building of women in areas of their strengths and comfort like transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and post harvest processing, value addition and even local marketing; establishing linkage with banks and financial institutions; rice-based value products and their marketing through retail chain to be explored; promoting individual small saving by opening individual bank accounts, and demonstration of high value vegetable crops.

The workshop was followed by formal inauguration of the Women Development Group in the name of “Ananya Mahila Vikash Samiti” by the Chairman and Director. He also inaugurated the display of over 100 rice-based value added products prepared by the farm women and highly appreciated the traditional skills of the women to prepare such products and to keep their family members happy and healthy. Then, demonstrations of women-friendly farm equipments were conducted on CRRI four-row manual rice transplanter, six-row manual rice drum seeder and pesticidal spaying etc and demonstrations on preparation of rice bran cake and paddy straw mushroom cultivation were also undertaken. The progamme was thoroughly covered by the Doordarshan and all India Radio for wide publicity. At the end of the workshop, Dr. S.K. Mishra, Senior Scientist offered vote of thanks to chairman, scientists, guests, media personnel and participating farmer & farm women.

86th ICAR Foundation Day observed at Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
The 86th ICAR Foundation Day was celebrated at Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 16th July 2014. The programme was presided over by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Cuttack. Dr. Debaraj Panda, Former Director, WALMI, Odisha and Dr. P. K. Mohapatra, Former Dean, College of Agriculture, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, respectively. Scientists from CRRI main campus as well as Regional Research Stations, Technical staff, Administrative staff, Research Fellows and Students attended the programme. Ten progressive farmers from different villages of Cuttack district participated in this programme and they were felicitated for their involvement in field trials as well as innovativeness in farm productions.

The programme started with the ICAR song. Dr. P. K. Mohapatra, Guest of Honour, spoke on ’Agricultural education under ICAR’ and emphasized the necessity of revising the course curricula to fill the vacuum created due to lesser focus on practical aspects that has resulted in skill deficiency among the agricultural graduates. He suggested greater interaction/collaborative mode of operation in order to harness the academic strength of SAUs and research strength of ICAR Institutes synergistically. Dr. Debaraj Panda, Chief Guest spoke on ‘Agricultural research focus of ICAR to address the farm problems’ and highlighted the importance of both genetic and management factors in realizing the potential yield and its stabilization as well. He also called for a concerted approach to tackle the issue of degradation of natural resources and climatic variability. In an open session, farmers as well as other participants pointed out the issues related to vagaries of weather in farm production, necessity of proper linkages among the organizations engaged in research and development of farm sector, etc. Dr. T. Mohapatra in his presidential remarks said that apart from programme-specific research, the problems of different ecologies must be identified and solved based on their inherent characteristics. He further pointed out that though production has increased many-fold over the years, still there is a scope to achieve higher production as well as cost optimization for realizing higher profits. He urged specifically the young researchers to work in a holistic and integrative approach for addressing the farm problems and realizing achievable yield.

Dr. B. N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. Biswajit Mondal, Senior Scientist, Social Science Division coordinated the programme and proposed vote of thanks.



68th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas of CRRI, Cuttack Observed
The Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed its “68th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas” on 23rd April, 2014. The programme was attended by over three hundred farmers and farmwomen from Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha apart from invited dignitaries and staff of the institute. Padma Bhushan Prof. V.L. Chopra, Former Secretary, DARE, Govt. of India and Director General, ICAR
delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on “Enhancing Livelihoods Through Technology” and graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Chopra recalled the glorious past and immense contributions of the institute in the upliftment of the farming community of the country. He presented the livelihood scenario of the rural India and various options to strengthen it with emphasis on value addition. He strongly advocated for a model involving all the stake holders for livelihood enhancement.

Padmashri Dr. S.V.S. Shastry, former Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project (now, Directorate of Rice Research), Hyderabad was the Special Guest of the function. He recalled his past service at CRRI and urged upon the scientists to formulate research programmes as per the need of the hour in the context of climate change. Padmashri Prof. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, former Vice Chancellor of Sambalpur University and a proponent of classical Odishi dance and a renowned practitioner, graced the function as Guest of Honour and spoke on the importance of rice crop in social, cultural, economic and livelihood aspects of the people. Mr. P. Krishna Mohan, IFS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Odisha, another Guest of Honour, highlighted rice-fish integration approach to enhance the income and nutrition of the people of eastern states. He briefed about the major welfare schemes and initiatives of the Odisha government for expansion of rice-fish integrated farming. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director of the institute highlighted the eight recently released & notified varieties during last one year by CVRC namely, CR Dhan – 201, 202, 300, 303, 304, 305, 407 & 505 and their suitability for different ecologies, and also three varieties identified recently by the VIC, namely, CR Dhan – 205, 306 & 451. He presented new crop production technologies including farm implements developed by the institute. He described the efforts being made in the direction of enhancing climate resilience of rice crop.

The chief guest inaugurated an exhibition showcasing technologies of CRRI & its regional stations, KVKs of OUAT, ICAR institutes and state departments. He also felicitated six retired scientists, ten best workers of the institute and twenty one progressive farmers & farmwomen from Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha for their innovative methods in rice farming. Four publications were released by the dignitaries. Dr. B.N. Sadangi welcomed the guests and dignitaries and Dr. N.C. Rath offered vote of thanks. Special programmes like field visit for the farmers, scientists-farmers interaction, interface between scientists of the institute and retired scientists, and cultural events were organized for the benefit of the farmers and staff of the institute. In the evening, Director gave away prizes/ trophies to the children of staff for their success in various competitions.

Three-day Eastern Zone Regional Agriculture Fair Organised at CRRI
The Three-day Eastern Zone Regional Agricultural Fair, 2013-14 sponsored by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India was organised at CRRI, Cuttack from 26-28 February, 2014 with the participation of farmers and farmwomen from Eastern India States namely  Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. The fair was inaugurated by Dr. Mangala Rai, Agriculture Advisor to Chief Minister of Bihar, Govt. of Bihar. Dr. Rai in his thought provoking address raised many vital issues for the future agriculture aimed at achieving Food and Nutritional Security. He suggested to develop ways and means to improve the carbon content of the soil for sustainable production and sound health of the soil. He called upon the scientists to develop technology in order to enhance water productivity and popularize integrated farming system for ensuing livelihood security.

Dr. Mangala Rai inaugurated the impressive exhibition and released RAF Souvenir on ‘Rice-based Farming System for Food and Nutrition Security’.

Chief Guest Dr. M. Rai inaugurating the RAF by Lighting a lamp         The Chief Guest Dr. M. Rai delivering the inaugural address

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and Chairman of RAF, explained the objectives and importance of RAF at the outset and outlined the activities during the three days’ events for the RAF.

A progressive farmer from Bihar expressing his views in the              The Chief Guest and others releasing the Souvenir of the RAF
inaugural function

Dr. Sanjeev Chadha, IFS, Director of Horticulture, Government of Odisha and Dr. S.S. Nanda, Dean of Extension, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Dr. Y.R. Meena, Additional Commissioner, DAC, Govt. of India addressed the gathering during the fair.

Prof. M. Kar, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Chief Guest of valedictory function distributed awards to progressive farmers, best stalls and winners of quiz, debate and Kisan Gosthi for their contribution during the fair.  During his address, he emphasized on conservation natural resources.

            A progressive farmer interacting with the experts                                       Farmers visiting an exhibition stall

Sixty exhibition stalls displaying various agricultural technologies, information and programmes were put up by ICAR institutes, State Government Agencies, Central Government organizations and private companies. The RAF was conceptualized to provide an effective exposure to the participants for their capacity building in crops, animals, poultry, fisheries and input management. Extension methodologies like seminar, Kishan Goshthi, workshop, quiz, video show and question answering were organized during the period, in which twenty one experts from CRRI, Cuttack; OUAT, Bhubaneswar; CIFA, Bhubaneswar; DRWA, Bhubaneswar; DWM, Bhubaneswar; CHES, Bhubaneswar; CARI, Bhubaneswar; Odisha State Department of Horticulture; Directorate of Industries, Odisha; Bihar Agriculture University, Bhagalpur; IIPR, Kanpur and other institutes participated.

A farmer getting award/certificate from the Chief Guest                                              Odishi dance performance

of the Valedictory Function

Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Co-chairman, Dr. G.A.K. Kumar, Organising Secretary, Chairman and members of various committees extended their whole-hearted support for the success of the Regional Agriculture Fair.

Training-cum-workshop on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act-2001” organised at CRRI
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack organized a Training-cum-Workshop on “Protection of Plant varieties and Farmers’ Right Act-2001” with active participation of 87 farmers and 13 subject matter experts on 22nd February, 2014. It aimed at bringing greater awareness among farming community on the benefits of the act and facilitating registration of their varieties.

Dr. R.C. Choudhary, an internationally reputed rice scientist inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest and explained how the interest of the farmers as well as the country has been safeguarded by the Act. Dr. Ravi Prakash, Registrar, PPV and FR Authority was the Guest of Honour in this training programme. He highlighted the various achievements and threw light on the registration process. He assured the farmers to provide all possible help in registration through which they can own a variety. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Cuttack and Chairman of the programme called upon the scientists and farmers 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. The technical sessions dealt with registration process, DUS testing, special tests and special traits etc. in an interactive mode with valuable inputs from Drs O.N. Singh, S.R. Dhua, B.C. Patra, U. Dhua, M. Jena, P. Swain and M. Chourasia. An exhibition displaying about 900 indigenous varieties of rice, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and fruits brought by the participating farmers inspired the visitors and strengthened the objectives of the Act.

         Inauguration of the program by Chief Guest                                        Dr. Ravi Prakash addressing to participants

                     Participants of the program                                                          Farmers displaying their varieties

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

Visiting farmers’ fields practicing rice - based cropping system in Cuttack and Nayagarh districts of Odisha
To assess rice fallow utilization at Banki Block in Cuttack district and overall scenario of rice cultivation in Nayagarh district of Odisha, Dr. T.Mohapatra, Director of the Institute along with Dr. S. G.Sharma, HOD, BPES division, Dr. O.N.Singh, HOD, Crop Improvement division, Dr. A. Ghosh, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), Crop Production division, and Mr. R.K.Sahu, Scientist (SG), Crop Improvement division conducted a field visit on January 11, 2014. Salient observations were as follows.

At the outset, the team visited vegetable fields extended around 15-20 kms on both sides of the main road at village Ghasipur in Banki block, 40 kms away from the Institute. An interaction meeting was also organized with those farmers working in their fields during that period. This part in Cuttack district is a traditional vegetable growing region that supplies vegetables to local market and to some whole-seller like Udyan Fresh in Bhubaneswar, around 60 kms away. Cereals like maize, vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, potato, tomato, brinjal, radish, cucumber, onion, bhindi and leafy vegetables; legumes like horse gram, green gram, black gram and red gram, oilseeds like mustard and ground nut, and flowers like gladiolus are grown with the irrigation resources facilitated by the state irrigation department.  Installing bore well on the beach of the river Mahanadi adjacent to the region, water is delivered through underground pipe to the field where ground water table is at 17 feet below the surface only. Preliminary estimation reveals a net profit of Rs. 1,25,000 per hectare out of this vegetable cultivation in a season based on the facts and figures provided by a farmer.

To utilize residual soil moisture, pulses like horse gram, green gram and black gram are sown in rice fallow while red gram are grown on the peripheral bunds. Even, paira cropping (utera cropping) with pulses like lathyrus is also noticed here. Apart from vegetable cultivation, land preparation was noticed in some places for growing dalua rice with the harvested rain water.

After that, the team visited Benagadia village at Khandapada block in Nayagarh district. Sh. Laxmi Narayan Das, DAO, Nayagarh along with his VAW and Krushak Sathi accompanied the team. Discussion with the DAO revealed that rice occupied 1, 02,000 hectare (upland-18,000 ha, medium land-45,000 ha and lowland-39,000 ha) in the district out of total cultivable area of 1,34,000 hectare (upland-45,000 ha, medium land-49,000 ha, lowland-40,000 ha) during wet season, 2103 in this district. HYVs like Pooja, Swarna, MTU 1001 and Lalat are being grown by the farmers.

In Khandapada block, rice area is 9,200 hectare and non-rice area is 4400 hectare out of total cultivable area of 13,600 hectare (irrigate-600 hectare, rainfed-13,000 hectare). During dry season, 2013-14, rice is not grown due to unavailability of irrigation water; however, non-rice crops being grown are sugarcane-700 hectare, vegetables-1000 hectare, pulses-7980 hectare, mustard, groundnut, sesame, spices, etc.-1200 hectare while 2720 hectare remains fallow. 

In the village Benagadia, rice occupied 300 hectare area (lowland-180 hectare, deepwater -120 hectare) during wet season, 2013 growing mostly Pooja and Chakaakhi.

A farmers-scientists interaction meet was held where Director and CRRI scientists spoke briefly on how to improve rice cultivation using modern varieties and production technologies. DAO, Nayagarh also spoke on different schemes for the benefit of the farmers, especially on creating facility for irrigation to save crops during drought period.

During interaction meet, the farmers expressed the following problems / issues that they were facing here.

  1. Plant sample of variety Pooja was shown having mostly chaffy panicles, which was caused due to cyclone and subsequent submergence at PE and flowering stages.
  2. Timely availability of good quality seed and fertilizers needs special attention.
  3. Hybrid variety Rajalaxmi performed poorly producing less than 30% than that obtained last year. Problems were mostly in staggered PE and flowering, and high sterility. Over discussion, it was learnt that the problem was due to cyclone.
  4. Scented rice variety Pravati did not give any scent. 

In view of the above, the following action points were identified:

  1. Farmers who suffered crop losses due to cyclone needs to be compensated / helped through government schemes / subsidies. Crop insurance and other facilities required to be provided to the farmers in such unforeseen natural calamities. (Action: DAO, Nayagarh)
  2. Good quality seeds of rice can be obtained from CRRI. Any farmer interested to obtain a small quantity of seed for the purpose of multiplication can contact Director, CRRI through the telephone number provided to them (Action: Director, CRRI, Cuttack)
  3. Farmers needing large quantity of seeds should give their requirement to their local Kisan Sathi who in turn will compile and provide the same to the DAO for necessary action (Action: DAO, Nayagarh and Kiasn Sathi)
  4. With regard to creation of irrigation facilities the farmers/farmer groups can contact DAO and avail the subsidy already earmarked. (Action: DAO, Nayagarh)

Overall conclusion that could be drawn from the visit are the following:

  • Model of vegetable cultivation in Banki block could be replicated in other parts of the State where irrigation facility is available.
  • Exposure visit to the vegetable growing areas may be arranged for KVK staffs and other trainees while visiting the Institute for training courses.
  • The agricultural department should arrange farmers’ interaction meet at regular intervals to solve the problems being faced by the farmers.
  • Information and communication system needs to be strengthened to make farmers well aware of different schemes of the government for development of agriculture in this region.

Shri Basudev Acharia, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture Visited CRRI on 29 December 2013
Shri Basudev Acharia, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture visited CRRI on 29 December 2013 and interacted with the scientists of the Institute. He was shown the farm implements developed by the Institute, Gene Bank, Rice-fish Integrated Models and Oryza Museum. Grain and cooking quality of some promising CRRI varieties were exhibited. An interactive session involving the scientists of the Institute was organized in which the Hon’ble Member spoke about a number of issues pertaining to agriculture in the country which included rice productivity, minimum support price, conservation of resources, youth policy in agriculture, rice expert, irrigation n and water management, farm credit and rice-based farming systems. He advised the scientists to develop technologies appropriate for small and marginal farmers who constitute more than 70% of the farming community, and develop ways and means to make agriculture more remunerative. He stressed upon a target of at least 4% growth rate in agriculture and assured that the Committee on Agriculture would consider the pertinent issues raised including a separate Agriculture Budget. Dr. T Mohapatra, Director, CRRI welcomed the Guest and briefed about the salient achievements of the Institute. The scientists of the Institutes actively participated in the discussion and greatly benefited from the rich experience of the Hon’ble Member of Parliament. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Hon’ble Guest.

In an intense discussion with the Director and                       Addressing the scientists
Heads of the Divisions

Looking at the exhibits in the Oryza Museum                       Inside the CRRI genebank

Looking at the power operated seed drill of CRRI      Examining the heavy panicle of the new generation
                                                                            rice of CRRI

Examining the grain quality of CRRI rice varieties                   In company with the CRRI staff

CRRI Champion in ICAR Inter-Zonal Sports Championship
For the fourth time, the CRRI lifted the ICAR Inter-Zonal Sports Championship held at NAARM, Hyderabad from 17 to 20 December 2013. The participants included 46 ICAR institutes in India. Shri PK Parida, CRRI was adjudged the Best All-rounder (Men). The CRRI won the first position in kabaddi and 4 x 100 m relay race. The winners were 400 m race: First, 100 m race: Second, 200 m race (men): Second, Shri PK Parida; 400 m race (men): Second, Shri Satish Kumar Pandey; High jump (men): Second, Shri Bhagyadhar Pradhan; Javelin throw (women): Second, Mrs. Rosalia Kido; Long jump (women): Third, Ms. Sabita Sahoo; Badminton doubles (women): Second, Dr. (Mrs.) Sushmita Munda and Mrs. Rosalia Kido. Shri SK Mathur was the Chief-de-Mission and Shri Sudhakar Dash the Manager.


Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack observed “Women in Agriculture Day”
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack, a unit of Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed the “Women in Agriculture Day” at Sankilo, Cuttack on the theme “Value addition of local agricultural produces”. Smt. Santilata Nayak, an elderly farm women leader, inaugurated the day’s programme by lighting the lamp along with other farm women. Awareness-cum-training programme was organized with the participation of ninety seven farm women from six neighbouring villages. Demonstration, question-answer session and quiz competition were held on the theme. An impressive and thought-provoking exhibition on traditional value-added products prepared by 32 farm women using rice, urd bean and mung bean attracted the attention of everyone and drew a large audience.

Inauguration by farm women leader                        Women leader sharing her experience

Interaction between farm women and expert           Quiz competion in progress

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, along with scientists, farm women and farmers visited the trails and demonstrations spread over about 30 ha conducted by KVK and CRRI. He was amazed to see the experience of farm women with the CRRI varieties and rice farming. Later, Dr. Mohapatra attended the closing function as Chief Guest and gave away prizes to the farm women, the winners of quiz competition, value addition and project participation. He praised the efforts of the women farmers and congratulated them for a very successful rice crop and for making a wide variety of rice based products for exhibition. Smt. Harapriya Sahoo, an expert in value addi   tion from the State Department of Agriculture addressed the gathering on various opportunities for capacity building and product development. Scientists from CRRI notably Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Dr. S.G. Sharma, Dr. P. Mishra and Dr. Meera Kumari Kar spoke on the various aspects of value addition. Dr. S.M. Prasad, Programme Coordinator, KVK welcomed the dignitaries and farm women and Mr. T.R. Sahoo, SMS (Horticulture) offered the vote of thanks.

Demonstration of value addition in tomato                Display of value added products in exhibition

Chief Guest honouring a winner of the competition    Bumper crop of rice var. Naveen grown by women  

Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (CS) visits CRRI, Cuttack and delivers the 22nd Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture on 1st December 2013
The 22nd Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture was jointly organized by the Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Trust (GSMT) and Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 1st December 2013. Dr. Swapan Kumar Datta, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi was the Guest Speaker and Dr. Pramod Kumar Mohapatra, Member, GSMT and Executive Editor of the popular Odia daily, The Samaja was the Chief Guest.

Prof. S.K. Datta, DDG (CS), inaugurating the 22nd                           Dr. P.K. Mohapatra, Member, Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Trust &
Dr. Gopinath Sahu Memorial Lecture by lighting the lamp                         Executive Editor, The Samaj addressing as Chief Guest

Dr. Swapan Kumar Datta in his speech highlighted the importance of modern science for rice improvement. He pointed out that rice is a fascinating crop and signifies prosperity for Asians and more so for the Indians. He said that rich genetic diversity of rice is a real asset and must be judiciously utilized to solve specific problems. Remembering the excellent work of Dr. Gopinath Sahu, it was emphasized that a breakthrough can be achieved if we can understand response of the rice plant to low light which could usher in a new era in improving rice yield of Eastern India where low and fluctuating light is an inherent problem. He spoke about translational research for development of new varieties with broad genetic base and enhanced level of tolerance in order to effectively face the challenges of climate change and aberrant weather conditions. Highlighting his own work, Dr. Datta presented how bio-fortification of rice with higher iron and zinc can ensure nutritional security of the rice eaters, who constitute a majority of our population.  The Chief Guest Dr. P.K. Mohapatra described the challenges due to climate change. He stressed upon greater interaction of the institute with print and electronic media for greater awareness among the public and rapid dissemination of proven technologies. Dr. S. Saha, Secretary of ARRW welcomed the guests and the participants. Dr. K.S. Rao, President, ARRW presided and Dr. M.J. Baig, Treasurer of ARRW offered vote of thanks.  

Prof. S.K. Datta, DDG (CS) delivering the Memorial Lecture                  Prof. Datta looking at the high protein lines of Naveen
                                                                                                                      developed by backcross breeding

Dr. Datta visited the experimental fields, discussed with the concerned scientists and gave his valuable guidance with regard to development/evaluation of high protein and new generation rice, seed production of CRRI varieties such as Varshadhan and Sarala, prebreeding activities using the wild species and improvement of parental lines of hybrids.

Interface Meet organized at CRRI
The 2nd “Interface Meet of the ICAR institutes–SAU–State Departments for the year 2013-14” for Odisha was organized at CRRI, Cuttack during 26-27 November, 2013. Inaugurating the meet, the Chief Guest of the function Sri Rajesh Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Govt. of Odisha appreciated the efforts of ICAR to hold this meet to bring all stakeholders of agricultural development of the state to a single platform. He emphasized that research focus should be on developing technologies for the resource poor farmers of the state suitable to different agro-ecological conditions and to address the challenges including low productivity and frequent natural calamities. He highlighted on issues relating to availability of good quality seeds/planting materials of different crops, creation of additional storage facilities, food processing and value addition, soil health cards for all farmers, good agronomic practices like line transplanting and organic farming for higher income. Further, he highlighted some of the initiatives taken by the state government through the new “Agriculture Policy–2013".

Chief Guest Shri Rajesha Verma, IAS,                    Shri Rajesh Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary
Principal Secretary Agriculture, Govt.                    Agriculture, Govt. of Odisha addressing to the
of Odisha; Dr. M. Kar, VC, OUAT,                              participants during the Interface Meet
Bhubaneswar inagurating the exhibition
stalls on the occasion of the Interface Meet

Chairing the two-day meet, Prof (Dr.) Manoranjan Kar, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar said ICAR-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 to transfer technologies more efficiently. He emphasized on prioritization of different issues in crops/commodities, post-harvest technologies, low cost modules of integrated farming system, farm tools, crop modeling and development of C4 rice.

Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Convener of the meet presented the ATR on the recommendations of the last year's Interface Meet held on 30-31 July, 2012. He also highlighted some of the important points emerged during the recently held Industry Meet at the institute like creation of appropriate infrastructure facilities for drying and storage of rice procured from farmers, consideration of FAQ standards for possible revision, developing irrigation infrastructure in the state and creation of awareness about high value aromatic and hybrid rice among the farmers, food processing industries and other concerned agencies.

           Guests looking at the exhibits from                 Dr. R.S. Misra, Head, CTCRI (RC), Bhubaneswar
                  CARI (RC), Bhubaneswar                       explaining about the new varieties of tuber crops

             Guests looking at the exhibits from               Shri Sanjeev Chadha, IFS, Director Horticulture,
                   CHES (RC), Bhubaneswar                    Govt. of Odisha presenting the researchable issues
                                                                                                      on horticulture

Major concerns for research that emerged from the two days interface were development and availability of short duration mustard varieties, varieties of groundnut, sesamum and safflower with high oil content and yield, varieties of sugarcane with drought tolerance, good ratoon ability and red rot resistance, high yielding jute varieties suitable for Odisha condition, development of a medium duration rice variety as an alternative to Swarna, contingency and diversification plan for the state, bio-control in coconut, low fiber and better keeping quality in zinger, technology for balanced use of surface and ground water, more efficient solar fish driers and aerator for brackish water fishery and development of vaccines for ducks. The farmers strongly felt the urgent need for creation of more irrigation facilities in rainfed areas, supply of high quality seed/planting material in time and proper storage facilities at Panchayat level.

  Dr. Nitin B. Jawale, IAS, Director, Special Project        A progressive farmer expressing his views on
 (Panchayati Raj), Govt. of Odisha speaking on the                             farmers' need
        issues of rural development  activities

The interactive meet was attended by above two hundred participants including Directors & representatives of the state line departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery, Panchayatraj etc., Directors/Heads of ICAR institutes/regional stations/ KVKs, Deans of OUAT, farmers, NABARD, leading NGOs and agro-based industries. An exhibition was also organized on the occasion, where all institutes and organizations displayed their models and technologies. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Division of Social Sciences welcomed the guests and delegates and Dr. N.C. Rath, offered vote of thanks.

  Representatives from different NGOs expressing their views on expectations of the farming community

Agriculture Education Day Celebrated at CRRI, Cuttack
The Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated its 2nd Agriculture Education Day on 18.11.2013 in its premises with the participation of 180 students of High School and +2 standard from 18 Schools/Junior Colleges around the city along with their teachers/guides. The function started with an inauguration programme chaired by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Cuttack. Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, CIFA, Bhubaneswar inaugurated the function and the exhibition, showcasing the projects developed by the students on “Application of agriculture science”, as the Chief Guest. He advised the students to be close to the Nature, carefully observe natural environment and have rural agricultural experience. The Chairman spoke about the importance and relevance of different disciplines of agricultural science and emphasized that a career in agricultural science would be equally challenging and intellectually satisfying as any other science discipline. He encouraged students to keep in mind Agriculture and allied subjects while choosing a career in future. On this occasion the Chief Guest released two educational bulletins entitled “Agriculture and Allied Sciences: Options and Opportunities as a Career” and “Innovations in Agricultural Science”.

The day-long celebration was impressive with events like debate on “Can introduction of agricultural science in school syllabus help in accelerating national agricultural growth?” and quiz competition on general agriculture. The Science Exhibition showcased innovative ideas of the students of all the schools in the form of models, charts, graphs and live material. The trophies and certificates were presented to the winners of the competition and exhibition, and also those who participated, by the Director of the Institute at the end of the day in a closing function. Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the dignitaries and students and Dr. (Mrs.) Lipi Das, Organizing Secretary proposed vote of thanks.

CRRI donated to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Odisha
Recalling the emotional bond between the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack and people of Odisha, the scientists, technical and administrative staff of the institute donated their one day salary amounting to Rs. 4, 56, 170/- (Four lakhs fifty six thousand and one hundred seventy) to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the relief work in the areas affected by the cyclonic storm-Phailine and subsequent flood during October 2013. The Director of the institute Dr. T. Mohapatra along with a team met the Honourable Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat on 16th November, 2013 and handed over the cheque. The Chief Minister after receiving cheque thanked CRRI for the timely and generous donation for the cyclone and flood affected victims.

Summer School on Biotic Stress Management in Rice organized
ICAR Sponsored 21-days Summer School on
‘New horizons in biotic stress management in rice under
changing climate scenario’ was organized at Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack from 10-30 September, 2013.

Prof. Manoranjan Kar, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar inaugurated the programme. In his address as Chief Guest, Dr. Kar highlighted the importance of
sustainable management of biotic stress viz., insect pests, diseases, nematodes, weeds etc. in rice. He appreciated the efforts of CRRI for hosting this training programme which is very timely for the benefit of scientists. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI in the opening remarks as chairman, elucidated the current research needs and future strategies for enhancing rice production in the country through efficient management of biotic stresses that has assumed greater importance in the climate change regime. Dr. Urmila Dhua, Principal Scientist and officiating head of the crop protection division welcomed the dignitaries and participants in the inaugural session.

Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT lighening the lamp in           Dr. T P Rajendran, ADG (PP), ICAR delivering lecture
inaugural session                                                  in the valedictory session

The summer school is a part of mid career training programme for agricultural scientists belonging to various agricultural institutes and universities including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, where key issues of biotic stresses in rice and their management with the use of modern tools were discussed. Twenty-four participants at the level of Assistant Professor and Subject Matter Specialist from eleven states attended the training. The training included 30 lectures, 13 hands on practical sessions, on-station field visits for exposure to innovations in biotic stress management in rice. Visits of important technological sites like integrated farming system models at Pipili block of Puri District in Odisha, farmers’ IPM fields were also arranged for visibility of technologies. Besides lectures by the scientists of the institute, six guest lectures were delivered by outside expert including Dr. C. Chattopadhyay, Director, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, Dr. A R Prasad, Chief Chemist, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, Dr. P K Swain, Professor (Nematology) & Dr. S K Panda, Professor (Entomology), Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology; Dr G K Mahapatro, National Fellow, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, R & D Manager, E I DuPont Asia Pacific, Gurgaon.

Practical Manual released by Chief Guest                   Chief guest distributing certificate to participant

During the training programme, the aspects covered were correct identification of insect pests, diseases, effective control strategies including integrated pest management strategies, biological control methods, semiochemicals in pest management, effects of changing climate scenario and development of resistant varieties. The participants were exposed to the use of advanced tools like DNA bar coding of insect pests, pathogens, nematodes, plant species; molecular detection of rice pathogens, measurement of green house gas by closed-chamber, Eddy co-variance system and open top chamber (OTCs) techniques, developing biopesticide formulations, use of advanced statistical software etc. The trainees got hands-on-learning experience through this capacity building programme.

Dr. T P Rajendran, Assistant Director General (Plant Protection), ICAR, New Delhi grace the valedictory function as Chief Guest on 30th September 2013 and delivered a lecture on “Biotic stresses management in rice under climate change”. A “Practical Manual on Biotic Stress Management” and a DVD on summer school lecture presentations and compendium of lecture notes were also released by him. The chief guest distributed the certificates to the participants and encouraged them to put to use the training received in the summer school. Dr. Anand Prakash, Course Director welcomes the guests and Dr. S D Mohapatra, Course Co-Director presented the summary of the proceedings of the summer school and proposed vote of thanks.  

Business Planning and Development Unit of Central Rice Research Institute Launched
The launching workshop of Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit at Central Rice Research Institute was inaugurated on 21st September 2013 by Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP). Farmers, farmwomen, industrialists, rice millers and officials from various line departments participated in the event. While welcoming the gathering, Dr. B.N. Sadangi Head, Division of Social Science gave a brief introduction of the BPD Unit and explained the role of stakeholders. A brief outline containing the objectives and was presented by Dr. G.A.K. Kumar, PI of the project. He laid emphasis on creating environment for effective integration among the rice farmers/farm women (potential agripreneurs), agricultural researchers, financial institutions, state extension officers and market forces to promote farm entrepreneurship in rice and allied areas.

Seven Agripreneurs’ flyers showcasing the commercial values of various technologies of CRRI were released by Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP

Addressing the gathering the Chief Guest, Dr. D. Rama Rao, spoke about the objectives of the project and how innovations in the field of agriculture would turn around the trends in traditional system of farming. He highlighted the role of BPD Unit at CRRI and how it would be a trend setter being one of the oldest institution in India. He laid emphasis on starting the commercial activities based on innovation, its documentation in form of success stories for their horizontal expansion and harnessing greater impact out of the project. He stressed that the project has to create opportunities for farmers and agripreneurs to convert the traditional farming  in to farm business. On this occasion seven Agripreneurs’ flyers showcasing the commercial values of various technologies of CRRI were released by the Chief Guest. The opening session was followed by a panel discussion on the Role of various institutions in agribusiness and agripreneurship development in rice based farming systems which was chaired by Director, CRRI.

Dr. D. Rama Rao, ND, NAIP addressing the participants of Inaugural Workshop

The officials from different department namely NABARD, UCO Bank(lead bank), Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Odisha Livestock Resources Development Society, Dept. of Fisheries, Seed Certification Agency, farmers club, Odisha Agricultural Marketing Board and Markfed highlighted their departmental activities which would strengthen the activities of the BPD unit. Dr. B.C. Patra, ITM Unit proposed a vote of thanks.

Industry Day celebrated at Central Rice Research Institute

Industry Day was celebrated by Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on September 21, 2013 under the Chairmanship of the Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI.  The industry day was attended by various industrialists associated with rice milling, farm machineries, pesticides, fertilizers, retail, agro-processing and other stakeholders from line departments, research institutes and farmers. Initiating the programme Dr. S. G. Sharma, Head, BPES explained the objectives of holding the Industry Day. Various technologies including CRRI varieties for commercialization, seed production technologies for Hybrid/HYV, integrated farming systems for various rice ecosystems, farm machineries for commercialization, formulations and commercialization of bio-pesticides, technologies for rice bran stabilization, Rice Bran Oil extraction & refining and its health benefits were presented. Director, CRRI chaired the presentation and session on interface with the industry. Shri. Santosh Agrawal, Secretary, All Odisha Rice Millers Association (AORMA) was the distinguished guest of the day. He emphasized that the paddy procured from the farmers is not of required quality and the moisture content is usually more than prescribed limit of 17 per cent which results in low out turn. The out turn of various rice varieties presently being milled is below 67 per cent which results in reduced profit margin. Rice millers requested scientific intervention from the institute.

Mr. Santosh Kumar Agrawal, Secreatry, All Odisha Rice Millers Association (AROMA) addressing the participants

Dr. T. Mohapatra appreciated the participation of industry in large number and emphasized that the issues raised by the industry have provided direction for the future research on rice. He called for establishing a chain linking farmers, millers and marketing agencies for the benefit of all. Dr. Mohapatra asked scientists to make efforts to see that the CRRI varieties find place in the chain of reputed marketing agencies. He urged the ITM&BPD unit to develop entrepreneurship in the area of quality rice and identify varieties suitable for value added products. Dr. G.A.K. Kumar proposed a vote of thanks.

KVK, Santhapur, Cuttack organized a Krishak Mela on Climate Resilient Agriculture in collaboration with NICRA and ATMA
In view of hardship faced by the farmers due to climatic aberrations, a “Krishak Mela-cum-Agrani Krishak Sammelan” was jointly organized by KVK-Cuttack, NICRA, CRRI and ATMA-Cuttack on 5th July 2013 in village Sagar, Narasinghpur, Cuttack with objectives to create massive awareness among the farming community on rice production technology in rainfed drought prone upland condition under climate change situation and strengthening their livelihood through farming systems approach.

Hon'ble Minister addressing the farmers                   Hon'ble Minister and dignitaries releasing the
                                                                            Technical Bulletin

Hon'ble Minister visiting stall and interacting              Hon'ble Minister visiting the demonstration of
with KVK scientists                                                  engine operated CRRI drum seeder 

Shri Debi Prasad Mishra
, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Housing and Urban Development, Government of Odisha graced the programme as Chief Guest and highlighted the performance of CRRI rice varieties for rainfed upland ecology. He advised the farmers to consult the KVK and CRRI scientists for rice seed production and experts of line departments for integrated farming. Shri Bhartruhari Mahatab, Hon’ble M.P., Cuttack addressed the gathering as Guest of Honour on various advantages of quality seeds.

Scientist speaking o climate resilient agriculture        Scientist speaking on quality rice seed production

Scientists/Experts-Farmers interaction                     Gathering at the function

There were three topical sessions: (i) “Rice production strategy in relation to climate change and drought”, (ii) “Production technology of quality rice seed,” and (iii) “Scientists/Experts-Farmers Interaction”. One thousand progressive farmers/ farmwomen and rural youth took part in the topical sessions and about two thousand farmers visited the exhibition stalls of KVK, NICRA, CRRI, ATMA, HARIALI and line departments. Demonstration of “Power operated drum seeder and manual drum seeder” of CRRI was conducted by the scientists of the Institute. Two technical bulletins in odia entitled “Parabartita Jalabayure barsasrita dhipa jamire marudi prapidita anchala pain dhana chasa” and “Unnata manara dhana bihana utpadana padhati” were released and seeds of drought tolerant variety Sahabhagidhan were distributed among the farmers by the Chief Guest on this occasion to help them increase productivity specially in drought prone upland. Dr. Anand Prakash, I/c Director, CRRI presided over the function. The Chairman, ATMA, Narasinghpur proposed vote of thanks to the participants.

Celebration of 67th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas at CRRI, Cuttack
The Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed its “67th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas” on 23rd April, 2013. Dr. Mangala Rai, the Agriculture Advisor to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Bihar and the former Secretary, DARE, and DG, ICAR
delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on “Accelerating agricultural growth in India in the light of recent success in Bihar” and graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rai emphasized on robust policy intervention and incentives for the farm sector to vigorously promote inclusive agricultural development. He urged upon the scientists to develop mechanism to reduce the time gap between technology generation and its field application.

Dr. Mangala Rai, the Agriculture Advisor to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Bihar and the former Secretary, DARE, and DG, ICAR delivering the Foundation Day Lecture

Release of Extension Bulletins by the dignitaries        Dr. Mangala Rai, Chief Guest addressing the
                                                                            gathering during Foundation Day celebration

Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Sciences), ICAR and the Guest of Honour of the function spoke on the importance of rice crop in the socio-cultural, economic and food security context. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director highlighted the significant achievements of the institute specially the recently released varieties and their suitability for different ecologies. He also stated the thrust areas and vision particularly for attaining yield target of 14-15 t/ha in the coming years.

The Chief Guest felicitating the retired scientists        Dr. Mangala Rai, Chief Guest awarding
                                                                            the best farmers

Invited guests and dignitaries during the Foundation day celebration

The chief guest inaugurated an exhibition showcasing technologies of CRRI and other institutes. He also felicitated ten retired scientists and thirteen farmers and farmwomen from Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha for their innovative practices in rice farming. Six extension bulletins were released by the dignitaries. Dr. B.N. Sadangi welcomed the guests and dignitaries and Dr. S.K. Mishra offered the vote of thanks.

Special programmes 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 programme, the best workers of the institute and those who won different competitions were awarded certificates and prizes on behalf of the Staff Welfare Society.

Cultural programme during Foundation Day              Director
awarding the Best Workers of the Institute

International Symposium held at CRRI, Cuttack
The Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack organized an International Symposium on “Sustainable Rice Production and Livelihood Security: Challenges and Opportunitiesat Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack during March 02-05, 2013 in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi; International Rice Research Institute, Philippines and Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack to celebrate its Golden Jubilee Year.

The symposium was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Govt. of Odisha. The other dignitaries present on this occasion included Padmashree Prof. E
.A. Siddiq, Former Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR; Prof. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR and  Dr. J.K. Ladha, Principal Scientist, IRRI-India Office. The Chief Guest in his speech emphasized that efforts should be directed to enhance and sustain rice production and productivity under dwindling resources and changing climatic conditions. Specific attention has to be given to breeding short duration varieties for different agro-climatic zones which should fetch good price in the market. The yield gap between organic and chemically produced rice should be reduced. Innovations may be made for sustainable rice production. He appreciated the hybrids namely Rajlaxmi and Ajaya developed by CRRI which have performed well in the State. He also informed that the production and productivity of rice in Odisha was enhanced during the last two years. The Chief Guest inaugurated the Exhibition Stalls arranged on this occasion.

Chief Guest, Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble
          Hon'ble Minister addressing the delegates
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal
Resources Development, Govt. of Odisha
lamp to inaugurate the symposium

ARRW Golden Jubilee International Symposium                  Hon'ble Minister inaugurating the
Souvenir being released                                                   Exhibition

Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI explaining              Hon'ble Minister examining the CRRI farm
CRRI technology to Hon'ble Minister and                   Implements
Prof. S.K. Datta, DDG (CS), ICAR

Hon'ble Minister, Prof. S.K. Datta and
Dr. T. Mohapatra taking keen interest in MSSRF
Exhibition stall

In the symposium, Padmashree Prof. E.A. Siddiq, former Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi delivered the key note address. The Plenary Lectures were delivered by Padma Bhushan Prof. R.B. Singh, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi; Prof. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi; Prof. A.K. Tyagi, Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi and Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack.

Padmashree Prof. E
.A. Siddiq delivering the Key         Prof. S.K. Datta addressing the delegates
note address

Padma Bhushan Prof. R
.B. Singh delivering the          Prof. A.K. Tyagi delivering the Plenary lecture
Plenary lecture

There were six technical sessions on different themes viz. Genetic improvement for enhancement of yield, quality and stress tolerance; Sustainable production through resource management and conservation agriculture; Environmental factors in relation of rice physiology and climate resilience; Management of biotic stresses; Mechanization, post harvest technology & value addition, and Socio-economic issues and livelihood security. Many noted scientists of the country including Dr. D
.S. Brar, Former Scientist, IRRI, Philippines and currently at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana;  Dr. S.R. Das, Adjunct Professor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar; Dr. N.K. Singh, National Professor-BP Pal Chair, National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi; Dr. B.N. Singh, Former Director, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack; Dr. V. Balasubramanian, Former Scientist, IRRI, Philippines; Dr. K.K. Narayanan, Managing Director, Metahelix Life Sciences, Banglore; Dr. A.R. Sharma, Director, Directorate of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur; Dr. A.N. Lahiri Majumder, Professor, Bose Institute, Kolkata; Dr. P.K. Mohapatra, CSIR Emeritus Scientist, School of Life Science, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur and Dr. R. Sreedhar, Visiting Professor, Consultant & Head, Biotechnology Dept at International Institutue of Biotechnology & Toxicology, Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) delivered lead/invited lectures. Dr. J.K. Ladha, Dr. A.B. Ismail, Dr. K.K. Jena, Dr. S. Mohanty, Dr. Thelma Paris, Dr. R.K. Singh and Dr. Ajay Kohli from IRRI, Philippines also delivered Lead/Invited Lectures in different theme areas.

Dr. D.S. Brar delivering the Lead lecture

The Plenary Session was chaired by Dr. I.C. Mohapatra, Former Vice Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar & Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi. The important recommendations of the symposium include –

  •  Enhancing nutritional quality of rice without compromising on the yield potential requires a focused attention.

  •  Need-based multiple stress tolerance traits need to be combined in high yield background by judicious integration of conventional and molecular breeding methods.

  • Convergence of research institutes with diverse expertise and infrastructure is required to harness the full benefit from the enormous volume of structural and functional genomic information available in rice.

  • A policy decision on field testing/commercialization of genetically modified crops, especially rice needs to be taken early.

  • Strengthening of research on factor-productivity improvement leading to efficient utilization of available resources.

  • A status paper on SRI may be developed with specific action points and submitted to all concerned for information and implementation.

  •  Farmers and extension personnel should be educated on appropriate use of technologies including variety farm mechanization, crop management practices, post-harvest processing and value addition.

  • Economics of rice cultivation component wise and ecological basis be studied.

On this occasion, different organizations and corporate sectors showcased their products in different Exhibition Stalls. Altogether 306 delegates from different parts of the country and also from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Philippines participated in the symposium. Poster sessions were organized on different themes in which 263 posters were displayed by the delegates. Best Posters were identified in different theme areas and awarded prizes. The event was widely covered by Print and Electronic Media.

A view of the audience                                             Cultural programme during the symposium


CRRI bags Krishi Sansthan Samman
CRRI won the Krishi Sansthan Samman 2013 of Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards (MSIAA) instituted by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. in partnership with Zee News. The MSIAA carries a cash prize of Rs. 2,11,000 and a trophy. Dr. T. Mohapatra, received the award on behalf of the institute from Shri Tariq Anwar, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India in a ceremony held on February 21, 2013 at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi. The institute bagged this prestigious award for developing hybrid rice variety - CR Dhan 701 and drought tolerant variety Sahabhagidhan which sustainably improved the income of farmers.
CR Dhan 701 is first of its kind in the country having maturity duration of 145 days and suitable for shallow rainfed lowland ecosystem. It exhibits significant yield superiority over popular varieties in this ecosystem. It is also resistant to leaf blast, and yields 4 to 6 t/ha with medium-slender grains. Sahabhagidhan is suitable for water limited environments including rainfed uplands. It is resistant to leaf blast and moderately resistant to brown spot, sheath rot, stem borer and leaf folder with good cooking quality. This variety is widely adopted in Bihar, Jharkhand and other states of Eastern India.

Study visit of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to CRRI, Cuttack
The Parliamentary Committee consisting of hon’ble Members of Lok Sabha Shri Sanjay Singh Chauhan, Shri Premdas Katheria, Shri Sukhdev Singh Libra, Shri Narayan Singh Amlabe and Dr. Vinay Kumar Pandey ‘Vinnu’ visited CRRI, Cuttack on 12th February, 2013 at 11.00 am. They were extended a warm welcome by the Director, Officials from the Council and Head of divisions. The hon’ble Members discussed wide ranging issues on rice farming with special emphasis on minimizing post-harvest crop losses. A meeting was also held with Shri Basudeb Acharia, hon’ble Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on 13th February at 10.00 am at Bhubaneswar. Hon’ble Members advised that a report on the response of the institute to the issues raised by the Members and the Chairman needs to be submitted for perusal of the Committee. The hon’ble Members were expressed their satisfaction over the visit to the institute.

Director, CRRI leading the hon’ble Members             Hon'ble Members visiting Oryza Museum
towards Conference Hall

Hon'ble Members on the dais                                  Hon'ble Members discussing with the Director,
                                                                            ADGs from the Council and others

Collaborative capacity building initiative between CRRI, Cuttack and the Directorate of Agriculture, BTC, Kokrajhar, Assam

2nd batch Trainees from BTC, Kokrajhar with the Director and faculty of CRRI, Cuttack

Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack and the Directorate of Agriculture, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Kokrajhar, Assam have taken joint initiative to build capacity of agriculture development officers and elite farmers with a long-term objective of increasing production and productivity of rice in the north eastern India. As part of the collaborative effort, 02 week-long trainers’ training programme have recently been conducted, viz., from 1-7 March, 2012 for 22 agriculture officers and from 30 Jan - 5 Feb, 2013 for 21 agriculture officers, on all aspects of rice production technology appropriate to the region  including development of communication skill and opinion leadership. Another training programme for 22 elite farmers has been scheduled from 13-19 March, 2013. These training programmes are sponsored by the Directorate of Agriculture, BTC, Kokrajhar, Assam.

New Year Celebration
CRRI welfare society organized New Year celebration in Dr. H.K. Pande Jubilee Hall which was chaired by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI and attended by all staff members. On this occasion, four publications– CRRI Newsletter (October-December, 2012) with a new look and three CRRI technology bulletins viz. i) Integrated Rice-fish-horticulture farming system for deep water (Hindi), ii) Naveen (Hindi) and iii) Organic Rice were released by the Director.

Addressing the staff, Director highlighted the achievements of CRRI during 2012. He expressed his satisfaction and appreciated the efforts of the staff. Release of fifteen varieties for different ecologies including two developed through marker assisted breeding; commercialization of hybrid rice by entering into MoU with four different seed companies for all the three rice hybrids; identification of germplasm having multiple stress tolerance; germplasm having high Zn and Fe content; popularization of rice-fish-horticulture integrated farming systems in farmers field; organization of Regional Agricultural Fair, 8 trainers’ training programmes and ICAR-SAU-Sate department interface meeting; dissemination of technologies through KVKs; land acquisition for KVK, Santhpur; popularization of DSR and short duration varieties in upland ecologies of Jharkhand figured among salient achievements by the Institute.

Dr. Mohapatra emphasized on working together in partnership mode with other public institutions and private players. He urged upon the scientists to focus on PPP i.e. products/technology development, publications of high quality and patenting of some of the technologies of the institute in the New Year.  The meeting ended with exchange of New Year greeting among the staff along with distribution of sweets.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack, Odisha observed “Women in Agriculture Day”

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Santhapur, an unit of Central Rice Research Institute(CRRI), Cuttack observed the “Women in Agriculture Day” on 4th December, 2012 at Gualidiha village of Tangi-Choudwar block of Cuttack district, Odisha on the theme “Empowering farm women in rice processing.” The morning session started with a discussion on “Gender role, needs and priorities in rice processing.”  Sixty farmwomen from Gualidiha, Gurujang and Chatabar village participated in this session.

Three hundred farmwomen from nearby villages, 25 women trainees from Jharkhand and women scientists from CRRI attended the afternoon session. Addressing the gathering, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI emphasized on the role of women in agricultural development. While expressing concerns for the health of farm women, he highlighted mechanization of post harvest operations such as winnowing, threshing, drying, parboiling etc. that will reduce drudgery and have less negative effects on health of farmwomen. Smt. Nayana Mohanty, a woman leader in organization of self help group and cooperatives addressed the meeting as chief speaker. She narrated her experiences and motivated the farm women to form self help groups and join hands to tide over capital shortage and earn more income. Scientists-experts from CRRI namely Drs.B.N.Sarangi, O.N.Singh, P.N.Mishra, Urmila Dhua, Mayabini Jena, Padmini Swain, Lipi Das and Sangeeta Mohanty spoke to the farm women on various aspects of rice production/ management technologies. A number of post harvest equipments viz: pedal operated paddy thresher, hand operated winnor, solar dryer, improved sickle and parboiling unit were demonstrated with the expert advice of Dr. P.N.Mishra. A leaflet in Odia language entitled “Dhana amala o prakriya karana re byabahruta bibhinna jantrapati” was released and circulated among the farmwomen. Prizes were given away to the women who successfully participated in the brainstorming session by the Chief guest and Chief speaker.


Dhan Diwas at CRRI
With the aim of producing and supplying pure seed of CRRI bred rice varieties, the Institute undertook participatory seed production in 30 acres for the popular variety Pooja in the Mahanga block of Cuttack district during Kharif 2012. In order to sensitize the farmers about the various aspects of quality seed production, mechanization, post harvest management of pests, rice-fish integrated farming, different cropping patterns following rice etc., the Institute observed a day-long ‘Dhan Diwas’ in Gopalpur village, Mahanga block on 1st December, 2012. The day began with field visits by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director with scientists and farmers of the locality to seed plots and other plots followed by interaction in the fields between farmers and scientists. A demonstration of rice reaper was held to help the farmers adopt mechanization in rice harvesting. The Director chaired a meeting organized by Mahanga Krishak Manch, wherein a participatory evaluation of the efforts was made and strategies for raising rice production were discussed by scientist-experts and farmers. It was estimated that the participatory seed production model taken up by the Institute would yield nearly 100 tons of quality seed of variety Pooja. The farmers wanted a sustained linkage between CRRI and farmers’ organizations like Mahanga Krishak Manch for successful implementation of various on-farm programmes including expansion of participatory seed production of different rice varieties in coming years.

Agriculture Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh visited CRRI, Cuttack
A four member delegation from Bangladesh headed by the Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture, Her Excellency Begum Matia Chowdhury visited CRRI on 9th November, 2012 and discussed with Director and other scientists on areas of mutual interest. Considering the climate change scenario and similarities between Bangladesh and Eastern India in rice production ecologies, the Minister laid much emphasis on high yielding stress tolerant rice varieties with shorter duration. Since the farmers of the region are poor, she emphasized on resource conservation technologies, which would help the farmers to cut down the cost of various inputs. She appreciated the initiatives of the Institute for standardizing agricultural practices that would require less of water, fertilizer, nitrogen and pesticides. She praised the scientists for developing genotypes with very high grain number, varieties having tolerance to salinity and models for rice-fish integrated farming. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director and Heads of Division explained the Institute's mandate and the salient findings. Exchange of rice scientists between the two countries was considered highly desirable to immensely gain from each other's experience that would facilitate meeting the challenges to rice production in both India and Bangladesh.

CRRI observed Agriculture Education Day
The Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) successfully observed Agriculture Education Day on 9th November, 2012 as per the suggestion of the Council
. The day was marked with the participation of more than 120 students along with their teachers from 12 educational institutions around Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. Several activities including inspirational talks, career counseling, exhibition on agriculture projects and speech and quiz competition were organized. A compilation entitled "Miracles of Agricultural Science" was brought out and circulated among the students. In the closing function Prof. B.C. Tripathy, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Ravenshaw University addressed the participants on the 'importance of biodiversity and basic research in biology'. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director chaired the closing ceremony and sensitized the students on 'Scope of Agricultural Science'. Prizes were distributed by the Chief Guest among the successful students and teams. The programme got wide media coverage.

CROPSAP-12 training programme organized at CRRI  
One hundred and eighty officials of various cadres (Deputy Directors, Sub Divisional Agricultural Officers, Taluka Agricultural  Officers, Circle  Agricultural  Officers, Agricultural Supervisors and Agricultural Assistants) from  Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra in 4 batches came to CRRI as a part of their Exposure visit cum training programme under Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project (CROPSAP-12). They have been exposed /trained from August 16 to September 6, 2012 at CRRI, Cuttack. Under the guidence of Dr. Anand Prakash, (PI CROPSAP-12) & Head, Crop Protection Division & Mr. Somnath. S. Pokhare, Scientist, Crop Protection Division, as Program Coordinator. Each batch having three days training program on various aspects of rice pests (insects, mites, nematodes, diseases & weeds) and farm implements in addition to lecturers by experts of different s divisions of CRRI on various aspects of rice protection followed by general discussion for half day on rice varieties, rice production and Crop protection technologies, along with post harvest management of losses etc.

Visit of CRRI farm was also organized to aware them in pest and disease incidences in different rice ecologies, rice-fish-horticultural farming system and farm implements developed by CRRI.

DG, IRRI visits CRRI

Dr. R.S. Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Philippine visited CRRI on 7 September, 2012. Dr. Zeigler discussed with Director, CRRI, Head of Divisions and other scientists about various aspects of rice research.

He delivered a lecture on ‘Rice Research Innovations for addressing Global Food Security in a Changing Climate’ which was attended by the scientists of CRRI. He emphasized that the collaboration between IRRI and CRRI should be strengthened to achieve greater goals for the benefit of the small and marginal farmers.

Hon'ble Minister of State (Agril. & FPI), Govt. of India visted CRRI
Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Hon'ble Minister of State (Agril. & FPI), Govt. of India visited the institute on August 5, 2012 and held discussion with Director and Heads of the Division on various achievements of the institute. While addressing the media he laid emphasis on Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India through increase in rice yield by 40 per cent over the present productivity level. He appreciated the steps taken by the institute to develop farm implements and different rice based farming system models meant for small land holders.

Interface meet at CRRI
As per the directive of Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Government of India, a two-day Interface meeting
was held at the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, involving the ICAR institutes located in Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, different departments of agriculture, horticulture and fishery of the state of Odisha, industry, farmers and NGOs to facilitate greater interactions that would help in faster development of appropriate technologies based on needs and their dissemination to the end users. The meeting was chaired by the hon’ble Dr. D.P. Roy, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. Shri R. Jamuda, IAS, Principal Secretary, Agriculture spoke on the 2nd day about the government policy and initiatives taken up to help the farmers. After two days of deliberation and interaction among all stake holders, many important action points have been identified. This meeting will be held annually to monitor execution and provide solution to the problems within stipulated time frames.

Hon'ble DG visited CRRI
Hon'ble Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, Dr. S. Ayyappan visited the institute on 27 July 2012. He took special interest in visiting CRRI experimental farm, laboratories in every division, Oryza Museum and administrative block. Dr. Ayyappan inaugurated the rice gene bank module–II for conserving genetic resources under medium term storage. This module has increased the accession-holding capacity of the CRRI gene bank by 15,000. Hon'ble DG visited newly developed Rice-Fish-Horticulture based farming system model for deepwater areas and released fish fingerlings of Puntius gonionotus and common carp. He also inaugurated Pension Authorization (PA) unit recently established at CRRI. This PA unit will cater to the need of CIFA, Bhubaneswar; DRWA, Bhubaneswar; DWM, Bhubaneswar; IINRG, Ranchi and CRRI, Cuttack. Later, he addressed all the staff and lauded the achievements of CRRI. He specifically enquired about problems if any, that the staff might be facing and resolved most of them on the spot. Dr. Ayyappan took stock of the research work undertaken by the scientists during exclusive interaction with them. He suggested that the scientists should undertake rice research in Mission Mode and deliver the results within a time frame, which can be demonstrated in large areas. He also desired that the institute should develop state-of-art farm and other facilities to impress the visitors including farmers and other stakeholders. Besides, Hon'ble DG emphasized on technologies for reducing cost of rice production, conducting target-oriented research, fast commercialization of CRRI technologies, publishing policy papers and also quality research papers, capacity building of staff and setting-up of CRRI seed outlets at the institute and the KVKs. Dr. Ayyappan assured all possible support from the council for improving the infrastructural facilities and quality of research at CRRI.




66th Foundation Day of CRRI
The Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack celebrated the 66th Foundation Day on 23rd April, 2012. Father of Green Revolution in India and Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Prof. M.S. Swaminathan was the Chief Guest of the function. Addressing to the CRRI family and farming fraternity, he emphasized upon anticipatory and participatory research for fulfilling the aims of National Food Security bill and meeting the challenges of the farm sector. He said that the country achieved the all time record, 100 million tones rice production in the year 2012, now we should aim at 150 million tonnes production of rice by 2030. Prof. Swaminathan expressed his satisfaction on the efforts made by the scientists of CRRI in developing a good numbers of rice varieties for different ecologies. He advised the scientists to initiate work on below sea level farming-A concept which has received widespread attention in view of global warming and rise in sea level, and post harvest opportunities. In order to make farming more popular among the mahila kisan and youngsters, an action-plan needs to be prepared for the International Year of Family Farmers’.

Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Prof. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (CS), ICAR, suggested to change rice farming into agri-business ventures for generating good price, income and better employment opportunities.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director of the institute highlighted the significant achievements of the institute and future challenges of rice research.

About 300 farmers including farm women, scientists and students attended the function. Field visit, exhibition, farmers-scientists interaction and Kisan Gosti were organized for capacity building of the farmers. Ten progressive farmers were honoured for their innovative steps in rice production and adoption of CRRI technologies, and nine retired scientists of CRRI were also felicitated for their outstanding contribution to rice research. The function was marked by releasing nine publications on different aspect of rice and awarding Best Workers among the staff in various categories.

3rd Foundation Day Lecture organized
On eve of the 66th Foundation Day, the institute organized the 3rd Foundation Day Lecture on 21st April, 2012.  Prof. B.C. Tripathy, Hon’ble Vice-chancellor, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack was the guest speaker. He spoke on “Increasing carbon and nitrogen use efficiency of plants–A genetic approach.”


Eastern Zone Agricultural Fair 2011-12 Organized
The Central Rice Research Institute organized the Eastern Zone Regional Agricultural Fair 2011-12 sponsored by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India in its campus from 21-23 February, 2012 on the theme entitled “Technologies and Programmes for Second Green Revolution in Eastern India”.  The mela attracted a large audience from Eastern India and provided opportunities to Research Institutes, Extension Agencies, Govt. and Non-Govt. organizations to showcase their technologies, programmes and policies meant for agricultural development of the region.  The events started with an inauguration function which was attended by Dr. R. P. Dua, ADG, Crop Science as Chief Guest, Dr. A. K. Padhee, IAS, Director Special Project, Panchayati Raj Department, Govt. of Odisha, Shri R. S. Gopalan, IAS, Director of Agriculture & Food Production, Govt. of Odisha as Guest of Honour, Dr. S. Pattnaik, former Director, CRRI as Special Guest, Shri Kshetrabasi Behera, a renowned agripreneur of Odisha as Guest.  The inauguration was presided by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI.  The guests threw light on problems of farmers of eastern India and called upon the scientists and extension functionaries to work out appropriate solution and methodology to reach out the farmers.  A souvenir published on the theme with articles on multiple languages was released by the Chief Guest along with release of extension booklets and technology bulletins.

Each day of the fair had a unique theme which was addressed through seminar, kisan gosti and quiz competition.  A total number of 1199 sponsored farmers and officials participated in the fair, out of which 803 were from Odisha, 302 from Bihar and 94 from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.  In addition to this, a larger number of local farmers/visitors participated in the fair.  The sponsored farmers were provided with learning kits and other logistics. Altogether seventy stalls were put up covering all aspects of agriculture of Eastern India.  The institute was a hub of agricultural demonstrations and discussions for all the three days.

A workshop on Enhancing Agricultural Productivity in Eastern India – Issues & Strategies was organized under the Chairmanship of Shri G. C. Pati, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India which suggested policy changes and institutional interventions for Eastern India. 

The final day was marked by a valedictory function which was attended by eminent guests, Shri G. C. Pati, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India as Chief Guest and Prof. D. P. Ray, Vice Chancellor, OUAT as Guest of Honour.  The guests lauded the potential of eastern India in agriculture sector highlighted the issues and elaborated the efforts of the Central and State Govt. to harness this potential.      Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI while summarizing the efforts of CRRI in the said direction, called upon the participating farmers to disseminate their experiences and play a catalytic role in their respective regions.  Eleven farmers and three farm women from different states were felicitated by the Chief Guest for their innovativeness in farming. The stall of Horticulture Department, Govt.of Odisha and  M/s Subash Iron & Agricultural Industries were adjudged as ‘best stalls’ for showcasing  horticultural innovations and farm implements, respectively.


Training programme on "Hybrid Rice Production Technology"
A training programme on "Hybrid Rice Production Technology" sponsored by State Institute for Management of Agriculture (SIMA), Lucknow is being organized at CRRI, Cuttack during 27-31 January 2012 with the active participation of 20 progressive farmers extension functionaries. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI inaugurated the programme on 27 January 2012. Dr. Lipi Das, Scientist, Social Science Division coordinated the programme.

Women in Agriculture Day Celebrated
The KVK, Santhapur and the CRRI celebrated the “Women in Agriculture Day” at village Budukunia in district Mahanga in Odisha on 4 Dec 2011. Farmwomen interacted with Dr Anand Prakash, Director (Acting), CRRI and other scientists from the CRRI and the KVK, Santhapur.

Director (Acting), CRRI evaluates RRLRRS, Gerua
Dr Anand Prakash, Director (Acting), evaluated the progress in research at the CRRI Regional Station, RRLRRS, at Gerua in Assam from 25 to 26 Nov 2011.He also visited trials in farmers’ fields.

CRRI Validates IPM Technology

The CRRI IPM Technology under rainfed shallow lowlands as part of the NCIPM-CRRI collaborative project was validated and popularized during kharif 2009, kharif 2010, and kharif 2011 in village Sighmapur of Cuttack district in Odisha. CRRI rice Pooja gave an average yield advantage of 1.2 t/ha over non-IPM fields with a benefit : cost ratio of 2.16.


CRRI Ready to Tackle Newer Challenges
Dr Anand Prakash, Director (Acting), CRRI, in his talk titled 'National Foodgrain Security up to XI Plan and Further ' spoke on the challenges faced by the agricultural scientists in responding to the newer,  emerging challenges due to biotic and abiotic stresses. He elaborated on the developments at the CRRI to tackle these challenges and the planning in the 12th Five Year Plan. Dr Anand Prakash was delivering his talk at the 'National Symposium on Sustaining Agricultural Productivity and Food Security under Changing Climate' organized by the Gugly Centre for Biological Centre, Bhubaneswar and the Satyasai Charitable and Educational Trust, Cuttack, at Bhubaneswar on 11 Nov 2011.

Kisan Diwas held at Hazaribag
Dr Anand Prakash, Director (Acting), CRRI, inaugurated the Kisan Diwas at village Chauria in Hazaribag that was organized by the CRRI-CRURRS, Hazaribag on 4 November 2011. He spoke on the various programmes of the Research Station. Farmers also spoke on their experience of growing the varieties of the CRURRS and that they had a rice crop after two years. Dr M. Variar, Officer-in-charge and Dr V.D. Shukla also participated and spoke on the new initiatives of the Research Station.

Farmer’s Field Day and Training Programme held at KVK, Koderma

A farmer’s Field Day and training programme was held at the KVK, Koderma on 4 November 2011 that was inaugurated by Dr Anand Prakash, Director (Acting), CRRI. Dr Prakash listed out the new research activities to tackle emerging problems of growing rice. Dr V.K. Singh, PC, KVK, Koderma, spoke on the objectives. Dr M. Variar outlined the research programmes. Farmer’s spoke on their experiences. The KVK demonstrated the zero till machine and the reaper.

CRRI Awarded the “Think Odisha Leadership Award for Educational Institute of Excellence 2011”
The Times of India and Tefla’s “Think Odisha Leadership Award for Educational Institute of Excellence 2011” was awarded to the CRRI. Dr T.K. Adhya (right) received it from Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha (left) at the award function on 27 Aug 2011 in Bhubaneswar.

Dr T.K. Adhya attended the Crop Seminar at DDK, Guwahati
An Agricultural Crop Seminar entitled “Amar Pathar Amar Katha” under ‘Mass Media Support to Agricultural Extension’ was organized by Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati in collaboration with RRLRRS, Gerua at RRLRRS premises on 06.08.2011 to provide a platform for Scientists, Agricultural Officers and Farmers to interact with each other. Mr. Nilamani Sen Deka, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Government of Assam was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. T. K. Adhya, Director, CRRI, graced the occasion and briefed the congregation of the farmers about research activities undertaken by CRRI Cuttack and its station at Gerua, technologies transferred and technologies in the pipeline for improving the flood-prone, rainfed, lowland rice scenario in Assam. A lively two and a half hour interaction took place between farmers and scientists from RRLRRS, Gerua, Assam Agricultural University and officers from the Department of Agriculture, Assam. The program was telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati from 3.00 P.M. to 5.30 P.M. on 06.08.2011.

Dr T.K. Adhya Receives ICAR Norman Borlaug Award 2010
Shri Sharad Pawar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture, Government of India, gave the ICAR Norman Borlaug Award 2010 to Dr T.K. Adhya, during the ICAR Foundation Day on 16 Jul 2011 at New Delhi. Dr T.K. Adhya was given this award for outstanding studies on “Methane Production in Paddy Fields” that involved “Significant contributions in the frontier areas of agro-environmental science and natural resource management with tropical rice soil as the model ecosystem.”

Second Foundation Day Lecture Delivered by Dr. C.D. Mayee
On the eve of the 65th Foundation Day of CRRI, Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chairman, ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi delivered the Second Foundation Day Lecture on “Do GM Regulations Aid or Abate Farm and Farmers?” on 22 April 2011 at the institute to the Scientists and Research Scholars.

65th Foundation Day Celebrated
The CRRI celebrated its 65th Foundation Day by organizing meeting, farmers’ visit, Kishan Gosthi, exhibition, award giving ceremony and cultural function on 23 April 2011. Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chairman, ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi inaugurated function as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, he expressed his happiness on the achievements made by the Institute and urged the rice scientists to work hard towards the benefit of the farming community, particularly for the poverty stricken rice growers. Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (CS), ICAR, Guest of Honour of the function, emphasized on the role of rice in food security for the countries across the globe including India and observed that the present rice production of the country (about 100 million tones) was a matter of satisfaction but should be raised further through evolving appropriate strategies including breeding programmes. Shri U.P. Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Orissa presented the rice production scenario in Orissa and wanted that state government agencies and farmers should take the help of different ICAR Institutes for their benefits. Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI, presented the achievements made by Institute in the last decade specially to overcome the biotic and abiotic stresses. A documentary film on CRRI, an Oriya extension booklet on “Method of Scientific Rice Production”, CRRI Achievements@News and 2nd Newsletter of KVK, Santhapur were released by the guests. Ten progressive farmers were felicitated on this occasion. Awards were distributed to the senior most employees and best workers of the Institute. The celebration ended with an impressive cultural programme and cash awards to meritorious wards of the employees.


CRRI Showcases its Technology at Natinal Level Kisan Mela 2011
CRRI participated in the National Level Kisan Mela 2011 at IARI, New Delhi from 3-5 March 2011. During the Mela CRRI showcased its premier technologies. The CRRI stall was visited and appriciated by distinguish visitors like Shri Arun Yadav, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture & Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and Dr H.S. Gupta, Director and Vice-chancellor, IARI, New Delhi.

Dr T.K. Adhya Received the Dr N.S. Randhawa Memorial Award
Dr T.K. Adhya, Director was awarded the Dr N.S. Randhawa Memorial Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi for the biennium 2009-10 for his outstanding contributions in soil, water and environmental sciences and natural resources management. The award was conferred upon Dr Adhya by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, His Excellency Shri B.L. Joshi at the inaugural function of the Xth Agricultural Science Congress held at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow. Hon'ble Shri Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, presided over the function.

CRRI Received the Best Stall Award

The institute received the "Best Stall Award" in the Rural Technology Mela organized by National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad during 2-5 Feb 2011. Farmers, students, scientists and extension functionaries visited the stall in large numbers. All the visitors appreciated the information on rice varieties recently released by CRRI. Also the technology on rice-fish integr
ated farming systems towards improving livelihood option of rice farmers was highly appreciated. One insignia and a certificate for the Best Stall were presented.

Women in Agriculture Day Celebration
On the occasion of the Women in Agriculture Day, KVK, Santhapur, Cuttack organized a function on 4 Dec 2010 at village Mania of Tangi-Chowduwar block, to sensitize the farm women in their capacity and opportunities. An important theme appropriate to farmwomen i.e. technologies for farmwomen in homestead enterprises was focused through experience sharing, field study, demonstrations, inspirational talks, success stories and quiz competition. Dr. S.G. Sharma, Director-In-Charge, CRRI, inaugurated the function and Shri K.M. Padhi, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Cuttack was the guest of honour. Two hundred farmwomen were participated in the function and expressed their willingness to try the technologies in their homesteads.

Launch of DBT (Department of Biotechnology) INDIA-IRRI Network Project on Molecular Breeding of Rice for Drought, Flood and Salt Tolerance
Scientists from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila and 15 Indian institutions gathered at CRRI on 23 November, 2010 for the launching meeting of a Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India funded major program on “Improvement of Rice Varieties for Drought, Flood and Salt Tolerance using Modern Plant Breeding Methods.” In order to ensure good harvest, the project aims to transfer properties of tolerance to different stresses into popular high yielding rice varieties which are sensitive to these stresses.
The “DBT India-IRRI Network project” aims to use marker-assisted breeding program to transfer major quantitative trait loci (QTL) or genetic characters for these traits into locally adapted high yielding varieties of rice. The launching meeting was chaired by Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack. Dr. V.P. Gupta, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest at the function.

The 5-year multi-institutional project has been sanctioned by the DBT at a total cost of INR 17.74 crores and involves ICAR institutes (4), State Agricultural Universities/Colleges (9) and Central Universities ((2) in a networking mode with Dr. N.K. Singh, National Professor, National Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi as the Project Coordinator. For the first time, Indian rice breeders, biotechnologists and IRRI scientists have joined hands in such a major initiative to improve around a dozen highly popular rice varieties grown in the rainfed agro-ecosystem by imparting flood, drought and salt tolerance.  IRRI will provide advanced breeding lines and technical knowhow.  Dr. V.P. Gupta, Adviser Department of Biotechnology said that this is a major initiative of the DBT and the department has high hopes from this well focused project as it is tasked with the delivery of product in the form of improved rice varieties by the end of its tenure.

CRRI Signed MoU with Seed Company
A MoU was signed on 9 Sep 2010 between CRRI and a Private Seed Company, Sansar Agropol Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar for production and marketing of the two CRRI bred hybrids, Ajay and Rajalaxmi. Under the agreement, CRRI will provide technical help and parental lines of the hybrids to the company for the production and marketing of the rice hybrids. The partnership would help the farmers of Orissa and neighboring states to get adequate quantity of hybrid rice seeds and help the institute to reach out the rice growers.


64th Foundation Day of CRRI
The institute celebrated its 64th Foundation Day on 23 April 2010 at the Campus. Dr. Damodar Rout, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Co-operation, Fishery and Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Orissa, inaugurated the function as the Chief Guest. Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI provided the detailed information about the achievements of the institute. In this occasion the Chief Guest released three technology bulletins in Oriya language on “Sahbhagidhan”, “Rice Crop Calendar” and “Botanical pesticides” and awarded the identified progressive farmers of the state for their adoption of innovative rice farming practices. In his address Hon’ble Minister spoke elaborately the socio-economic constraints of the farmers’ of Orissa, dwindling land resources and constraints in implementation of agricultural programme of the state, also provided the detailed picture of the state agriculture policy on seeds, horticulture, integrated farming system and institutional credit for the farmers. While recollecting the program of the institute and the contribution of the institute for the development of agriculture in Orissa and India, he congratulated the Director and the scientists of the Institute and advised the farming community to make best use of the rice production technology and farming system model developed by the institute.

Media meet on newly introduced invasive weeds
Under the National Invasive weed surveillance program, a media meet on “Newly introduced invasive weeds” was held on 14 Dec 2009 at the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack. Dr T.K. Adhya, Director briefed the activities of the program for early detection of newly introduced invasive weeds namely, Giant Rag Weed, Spiny Burr Grass, Hounds’ Tongue, Horse Neetle and European Field pansy. He also emphasized the role of media for creating public awareness to prevent further spreading and also to build up community efforts in weed surveillance and management/ containment through public cooperation. Dr K.S. Rao, Principal Investigator and Dr Sanjoy Saha, Area Coordinator of the National Invasive weed surveillance program also interacted with the media and clarified their queries. Drs. G.J.N. Rao, Head of Crop Improvement, A. Prakash, Head Crop Protection and S.G. Sharma, Head BPES were also present. Reporters from local Oriya newspapers, the Times of India, the Indian Express, and the Telegraph as well as the representatives from AIR and local television News Channels were attended.

Prof M.J. Modayil, Member ASRB visited CRRI
Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi is planning to set up a system for conducting ARS Examination Online and CRRI, Cuttack has been identified as one of the centers to conduct such examinations. As part of preliminary assessment and to evaluate the facilities, Prof. M.J. Modayil, Member, ASRB visited CRRI on 11 Dec 2009, and expressed his satisfaction about the infrastructures available at CRRI to conduct such examinations. Prof. Modayil also visited experimental plots, research laboratories and Oryza museum of the institute. Addressing to the scientists, he appreciated the contributions of the CRRI to rice research.

DDG (Ag. Extn.) visits KVK, Santhapur
Dr K.D. Kokate, DDG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR visited the CRRI KVK at Santhapur on 4 Dec 2009. During his visit, Dr Kokate visited the KVK adopted village-Uchapada and inspected the Front-line demonstration on Beetal buck for genetic up-gradation of local goat and On-farm testing of duck. Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI explained about the benefits gained by farmers using CRRI technologies through KVK, Santhapur.

DDG also inaugurated "Women in Agriculture Day" function, where Dr S.S. Nanda, Dean Extension, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI and other dignitaries were also present.

Dr Kokate appreciated KVK's efforts in involving farmwomen in agricultural and allied discipline more productively and KVK's tremendous work for upliftment of SC/ST community.

Director-General, IRRI, Philippines visited CRRI
Dr R.S. Zeigler, Director-General, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines (IRRI), visited CRRI on 19 Nov 2009. During his visit, Dr Zeigler inaugurated the “Salinity Screening Facility” developed at the institute. Visiting to the research laboratories and experimental plots, he appreciated the well equipped research laboratories, well maintained experimental plots and the research facilities as well as the newly developed Oryza Museum. Addressing to the scientists, he valued the contributions of CRRI scientists in various aspects of rice research, especially CRRI-IRRI collaborative projects on “Germplasm Exchange, Genetic Enhancement/Biotechnology, Integrated Crop and Resource Management, Resource Conserving Technologies, Socio-economic and Gender Issue, Human Resource Development, Delivery of Knowledge and Technology (STRASA, CSISA).” He also emphasized to strengthen the collaboration in frontier areas like developing C4 plant, incorporating genes responsible for tolerance to Drought and Salinity alongwith sub-1 gene.. He was accompanied by Dr S. Mohanty, Head Social Science, IRRI, Philippines.

CRRI Celebrated Dhan Diwas

To commemorate the beginning of paddy harvest, CRRI celebrated Dhan Diwas on 26 Oct 2009 at its campus. Prof. E.A. Siddiq, Visiting Professor, ARI, ANGRAU, Hyderabad and Ex-Deputy Director-General (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi was the Chief Guest. Addressing to the gathering, Prof. Siddiq emphasized that the key to National Food Security lies with eastern India as 70 to 80 per cent of rice is grown in this region albeit serious problems of erratic rainfall, yield gap and migration that needs to be resolved. He appreciated the research efforts made by CRRI in dealing with climate change, a big concern of tomorrow. Briefing the objectives of Dhan Diwas, Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI, encouraged the farmers to adopt CRRI technologies.

Ten progressive farmers of the Orissa state were felicitated for their contribution to rice production and adoption of CRRI technologies. Two CRRI technology bulletins in Oriya, Hybrid Rice Ajay and Hybrid Rice Rajalaxmi, were released on the occassion. To showcase rice and other production technologies to the farmers, an exhibition was organized, where CRRI-KVK Santhapur, KVK Jajpur, IFFCO, Paradeep Phosphate Ltd, Orissa Government Horticulture Department, Central Poultry Development Organization, exhibited their technologies.

DDG (CS) and DDG (Engg.)  Visited CRRI
Prof. Swapan K. Datta, DDG (CS) and Dr. M.M. Pandey, DDG (Eng.), ICAR, New Delhi visited CRRI, Cuttack on 8 and 9 Oct 2009.  They reviewed the progress made by CRRI during recent times and praised for incremental development in research standards, facilities, infrastructure and its increased visibility. Addressing to the staff, Prof. Datta emphasized that the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institute Award 2008 has been bestowed upon to CRRI in recognition of its outstanding contribution in rice research and extension. In this occasion DDG (CS) and DDG (Engineering) inaugurated the recently renovated Auditorium, Project Management Cell, Crop Protection Committee room and Children’s park at the Institute.

DDG (CS) releases CRRI Newsletter and Monthly Crop Calendar

Dr Swapan K. Datta, Deputy Director-General (Crop Sciences), ICAR released the CRRI Newsletter July-September 2009 issue and the Monthly Crop Calendar for Rice Cultivation at the CRRI in Cuttack on 9 Oct 2009.


National Media Meet held at CRRI

The Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack organized a National Media Meet on 24 Aug 2009 under the NAIP Sub Project- “Mobilizing Mass Media Support for Sharing Agro Information”. The delegates were Dr T.P. Trivedi, Project Director (DIPA) and ADG (ARIS), Dr B.N. Chattopadhyay, Coordinator & Nodal Officer, Media and Information, Dr Jagdeep Saxena, Editor and Shri Anil Kumar Sharma, PRO, from ICAR, New Delhi; Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, Dr G.J.N. Rao, Head, Crop Improvement, Dr K.S. Rao, Head, Crop Production, Dr Anand Prakash, Head, Crop Protection and Dr S.G. Sharma, Head, Biochemistry, Plant Physiology and Environmental Sciences from CRRI. Briefing to the media personnel, Dr T.P. Trivedi highlighted the significant contributions made by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in agricultural research and development in the country. He also said that the reach of scientists and researchers to farmers and villages of this country is quite limited. The onus is on the media to act as a bridge between the researchers and the farmers, so that the technologies can flow uninterrupted to the farmers while the researchers can understand the problems faced by the farmers. The objectives of the meet were to appraise the media of the significant research achievements and major contribution of the CRRI for dissemination to the end-users.

Dr T.K. Adhya gave a brief presentation on CRRI and its achievements in rice research for the country as a whole and also the Orissa state. Briefing to the media, he mentioned about the recent advances, techniques available in rice research and emphasized upon development of high yielding rice varieties, production and productivity, to meet the challenges to combat increased food demands of the future. Representatives of PIB, All India Radio, Doordarshan, DD News, local news channels such as, ETV, OTV, Kamyab TV, Kanak TV, Naxtra TV, national and local print media namely, The New Indian Express, The Pioneer, Sanmarg (Hindi), Kalinga Bharti (Hindi), The Samaja, The Sambad, The Pragativadi, The Samaya were present at the meet. Visit to experimental fields, research laboratories and Oryza museum was also conducted on the occasion.


Director-General, ICAR Releases CRRI Technology Bulletins at Annual Rice Group Meeting

Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE and Director-General, ICAR, released two CRRI Technology Bulletins namely “Production Technology for Deepwater Rice” (English | Hindi) and “Integrated Management of Rice Storage Insects" ((English | Hindi) at the 44th Annual Rice Group Meetings held at the Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), ICAR, Hyderabad on 10 May 2009.

DDG (AE) Visits to CRRI KVK at Koderma
On 23 May, 2009 Dr. K.D. Kokate, DDG (Agricultural Extension) inaugurated the farmers’ hostel at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jainagar, Koderma. Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone II and Dr. R. P. S. Ratan, Director Extension, Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi accompanied the DDG (AE). Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI, Cuttack, welcomed the distinguished visitor. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Kokate said that this KVK has the potential to become the best KVK in the country. Dr. Kokate visited the instructional farm, demonstration units, training hall and administrative building of the KVK and appreciated the efforts of the team at KVK Koderma in developing the infrastructural facilities in a short span of two years. He also appreciated the contribution of KVK, Koderma in spreading ‘Resource Conservation Technology’ in farmers’ field through Zero tillage technology in Rice, Wheat and Maize. On this occasion, a Kisaan Ghosthi was organized that was attended by a total of two hundred fifty farmers. The function was coordinated by Dr. R.K. Singh, officer-in-charge of KVK, Koderma.

CRRI Foundation Day Celebrated
The 63rd CRRI Foundation Day was celebrated at the CRRI in its campus at Cuttack. Dr D.P. Ray, Vice-Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar was the Chief Guest. Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI spoke on the achievements of the CRRI. Progressive farmers were felicitated during the celebrations. Senior staffs of the CRRI were honoured for their contribution. Dr A.E. Eknath, Director, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar, and Dr Krishna Srinath, Director, Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (DRWA), Bhubaneswar also attended the celebrations.

Director-General, ICAR Visits CRRI Regional Research Station at Hazaribag
Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE and Director-General, ICAR, visited CRRI Regional Research Station at Hazaribag, on 9 Feb 2009. During his visit Dr Mangala Rai inaugurated the Rainout Shelter and the Biotechnology laboratory. He was accompanied by Dr N.N. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Ranchi and Dr B.N. Singh, Director (Research), BAU. Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI received them and Dr P.K. Sinha, OIC, CRURRS, Hazaribag coordinated.

Director, CRRI Evaluates Progress at KVK, Koderma

The progress of work at the KVK, Koderma was evaluated by Dr T.K. Adhya, Director, CRRI on 7 Feb 2009. He visited the KVK and the on-farm trials around Koderma. He interacted with the officials from the State Department of Agriculture and the farmers.

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