Field Day on Rice organized
A “Field Day on Rice” including crop cutting experiments was organized by the institute in Anuapada village of Derabis block in Kendrapara district, Odisha on 6th December, 2017 to showcase the varietal performance of newly released NRRI varieties. The field day was followed by a Farmers’ Meet. Over one hundred farmers, senior officers of the Department of Agriculture and scientists of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack participated. Under the project activities, thirteen NRRI varieties were demonstrated in the Anuapada-Chandol cluster during Kharif 2017 by providing free seed minikits and need-based pesticides. At the outset, crop cutting experiments were conducted on few varieties, viz., ‘CR Dhan 204’ (115 days duration variety suitable for aerobic situation), ‘CR Dhan 307/Maudamani’ (135 days duration variety suitable for favourable medium land) and ‘CR Dhan 409/ Pradhan Dhan’ (150-160 days duration variety suitable for semi-deep areas) in the presence of farmers, KrushakSathis, and senior officers like Mr. M. Dash, DDA, Kendrapara; Mr. P.K. Samal, AAO, Derabis, and scientists of NRRI namely, Dr. P. Samal, Head, Social Sciences, Dr. N.C. Rath, Dr. S.K. Pradhan, Dr. S.K. Mishra and Dr. B. Mondal apart from print and electronic media personnel. The crop cutting results showed an advantage of about 5-15 per cent fresh grain yield in all these varieties over the popular comparable rice varieties suitable for those specific ecologies, namely, Naveen, Swarna, and Pooja respectively.
Later, a Farmers-Scientists-Officers Interaction Meet was organized. At the outset of the meet, Dr. N.C. Rath, Principal Scientist and programme coordinator welcomed the guests and participants and briefed about the demonstration programme undertaken with over twenty newly released rice varieties during kharif 2017 in five districts of Odisha, viz., Boudh, Dhenkanal, Kendrapara, Jajpur and Cuttack with the participation of more than two hundred rice farmers. Participating farmers on the occasion shared their experiences and provided valuable feedbacks. Chairing the interaction meet, Dr. P. Samal, Head, Social Sciences expressed his happiness over the performance of demonstrations and advised the farmers to reduce cost of cultivation for maximizing profit in rice. He outlined all interventions like, selection of appropriate variety, seed treatment, IPM, soil test based INM, farm mechanization and post-harvest processing practices to reduce cost of cultivation. Mr. M. Dash, DDA & PD, ATMA advised all the farmers to insure their crops with PMFBY and get their names registered in PACS for availing benefits of all government sponsored welfare schemes like MSP and subsidies. Invited guests, officers, and scientists also gave their valuable remarks and advised all the beneficiary farmers not to use the harvested seeds of these varieties for consumption purpose this year, rather use as seeds for next season and to supply surplus seeds to fellow farmers to replace the low yielding varieties. The programme was covered by print media and electronic media like Zee Kalinga & News Odisha. At the end, Mr. AtanuGhosal, a progressive farmer and KrushakSathi proposed vote of thanks.