12 - 13 June, 2021, Ludhiana
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research organized a National Webinar on “Promotion of Direct Seeded Rice (DSR): Prospects and Challenges during COVID-19” from 12th to 13th June, 2021.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) emphasized on the role of DSR in facing the challenges posed by the climate change. The Director General outlined the global scenario of DSR and its benefits, while highlighting the success of DSR during 2020 amidst the labour scarcity due to the national lockdown. Dr. Mohapatra also underlined the certain researchable issues like urgent of DSR suited varieties, herbicide tolerance and resistance, etc.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR highlighted the importance of rice in general and DSR in particular in meeting the increasing food demand with limited natural resources. Outlining the pathway to promote DSR, the DDG emphasized the targeting of technology while taking all the stakeholders into consideration.
Dr. Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR stressed on resource conserving technologies like DSR. The scientific background of what direct seeding of rice does to soil and water movement was highlighted in the DDG's address.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab outlined the steps already taken by the Institute and Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Zone - I in promoting the DSR.
The Webinar was aimed at developing a roadmap for promoting the DSR for sustainable use and management of natural resources (soil, water and environment) critical for food, nutrition and environmental security.
More than 2,000 Researchers, Scientists, State Government Officials, Manufacturers, Students and Progressive Farmers also virtually participated in the Webinar.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab)