23rd April, 2016, Cuttack
The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack celebrated its “70th Foundation Day and Dhan Diwas” today. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR inaugurated the event as Chief Guest and delivered the Foundation Day Lecture He spoke on vision-2050 of agriculture and called upon the stakeholders to find out models of production for Indian agriculture, quality enhancement, doubling of farm income through appropriate market strategy, food processing and value chain. Dr. Mohapatra laid the foundation stone of the Administrative Building of the KVK, Cuttack at Santhapur
Prof. S.N. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Guest of Honour of the programme stressed the need for proper working linkage among various organizations concerning agricultural research & development, education, transfer of technologies, agro-industries and farmers welfare organizations.
Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extension), ICAR and Guest of Honour highlighted the role of KVKs in agricultural development of the districts and requested the research institutes to provide their technologies for further refinement in their locations.
Earlier, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI highlighted the significant achievements of the Institute, especially the recently released varieties including high protein rice and their suitability for different ecologies, rice-value chain and IT-based Rice Xpert mobile APP. In the afternoon,.
Chief Guest inaugurated an Agricultural Exhibition showcasing technologies of ICAR-NRRI including its regional stations and KVKs, all ICAR institutes and centers located in Odisha, OUAT through its KVKs and state line departments. He also felicitated distinguished retired scientists, the best scientists and workers of the institute and progressive rice farmers and farmwomen from Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam for their innovative practices in rice-based farming system. Four research and technology bulletins were released by the dignitaries.
At the outset, Dr. B.N. Sadangi, Head, Social Sciences and Co-Chairman welcomed the guests, dignitaries, invited guests and farmers and Dr. Lipi Das, Organizing Secretary offered vote of thanks at the end of the program.
Special programs like planting of saplings by the guests, field visit for the farmers, scientists-farmers interaction involving about 250 farmers and farmwomen under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme of the institute, various competitions among the staff, their children and research scholars and cultural events were organized for the farmers and the staff of the institute.
In the evening programme, winners of different competitions, meritorious children of staff and participants of the cultural events were awarded with certificates and prizes by Mrs. Kalpana Mohapatra, wife of the Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR.
(Source: ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack)