67th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas Celebrated at CRRI

23rd April, 2013, Cuttack

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 LectureThe Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack observed its “67th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas on 23rd April, 2013. Dr. Mangala Rai, 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” as Chief Guest. He emphasized on robust policy intervention and incentives for the farm sector to vigorously promote inclusive agricultural development.

Dr. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR and the Guest of Honour spoke on the importance of rice crop in the socio-cultural, economic and food security context. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI highlighted the significant achievements of the institute specially the recently released varieties and their suitability for different ecologies. He also elaborated on 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 farmersRelease of Extension Bulletins by the dignitaries

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.

(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)