ICAR-National Rice Research Institute Organized 1st Indian Rice Congress during 8-9 December 2020
The Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), is organizing the 1st Indian Rice Congress – 2020 during December 8-9, 2020 at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack through virtual mode in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack; ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad; ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar; Society for Advancement of Rice Research, Hyderabad and IRRI-South Asia Regional Centre, Varanasi.
The theme of the congress is “Rice Research and Development for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals” with the objective to provide a platform for all rice stakeholders to interact and exchange ideas about recent advances in rice science and brainstorm key policies to meet the United nations’ SDGs as well as to sustain rice cultivation in India. The Congress is being organized on four broad thematic areas: enhancing rice productivity and quality, ssustainable rice farming, biotic-stress management in rice and rice for livelihood security, equity, and profitability. The Congress is also encompassing the special sessions on Building Climate Resilience of Indian Smallholders through Sustainable Intensification and Agroecological Farming Systems to Strengthen Food and Nutrition Security (RESILIENCE); Public-Private partnership for rice research and development; and Collaborating rice research and development between ICAR and IRRI
The Congress was inaugurated on 8th December with Dr. T Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR as Chief Guest and Dr. Mathew Morrel, DG, IRRI as Guest of Honor.
The Plenary lecture was given by Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog followed by the panel discussion on “Reinventing rice production system to achieve the SDGs” 9 panelists across the country with different background had participated in the deliberation. The Panel discussion was chaired by Dr. Mathew Morell, Director General, IRRI. Eminent Scientists across the Country and abroad have participated in the congress. The day ends with two special evening lectures by Dr. Swapan Kumar Datta on the topic “Bioengineered nutrition rich rice for all” and Prof. Pamela Ronald on “Engineering rice for world food security”.