ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack organized two-days National Symposium
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack organized Diamond Jubilee National Symposium on ‘’GenNext Technologies for Enhancing Productivity, Profitability and Resilience of Rice Farming’’ in association with Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW), Cuttack and ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), Hyderabad during December 16-17, 2021. The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. S.K. Datta, Ex-Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR and Vice-Chancellor, Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay, Bolpur, WestBengal as Chief Guest and Dr. A.K. Parida, Director, Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar as Guest of Honour in the presence of Dr. H. Pathak, President, ARRW and Director, ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management (NIASM), Baramati and Dr. Padmini Swain, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack. Plenary lecture was delivered by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi on the topic ‘GenNext technologies for enhancing productivity, profitability and resilience in rice farming’. A Panel Discussion was held by the eminent rice experts on the topic ‘Preparing future ready rice with NextGen technologies’. The panellists deliberated on various aspects of rice from genetic development to societal issues like new breeding tools of rice technology, genome editing, smart farming, etc.
Various concurrent sessions were conducted under different themes of the symposium where diverse topics were discussed like CRISPR technologies in rice, NextGen plant breeding technologies for food security and climate change, Synthetic apomixis in hybrid rice, Cell-based phenotyping for improving abiotic stress tolerance in plants, Use of sensors based technologies and artificial intelligence for water management in agriculture, Precision rice farming, Next generation plant protection technologies, climatic change impact on crop-pest interactions, Nano-technology for precise and targeted pest management, AI tools and machine learning to transform agriculture industry, Shaping next generation extension and advisory services, Transforming institutions and governance for livelihood security, equity and profitability in rice and Green accounting and ecosystem valuation for ensuring human well-being, etc. Apart from these, ‘Lightning Talks’ on various themes were conducted in which more than 200 delegates presented their research in crisp manner. During closing of the symposium, recommendations of various technical sessions were presented, newly inducted Fellows of the Association of Rice Research Workers were awarded and best presenter for various sessions were also awarded. Dr. P.K. Agarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) was the chief guest during valedictory session of the symposium.
Around 300 persons including registered delegates and other invited guests participated in the symposium through virtual platform. At the end, Dr. M. J. Baig, Organizing Secretary of the Diamond Jubilee Symposium proposed vote of thanks.