PM reviews rice research at IRRI — ASEAN Summit

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Indian scientists at IRRI brief PM Modi on benefits of special rice varieties which provide substantial benefits to Indian farmers.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha-born scientist Dr. Kshirod Jena today explained benefits of salt-tolerant rice varieties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Manila in Philippines during the latter's visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

The Prime Minister reviewed a photo exhibit showcasing flood tolerant rice varieties; drought tolerant rice varieties; salinity tolerant rice varieties; and IRRI's work with women farming cooperatives.

IRRI describes itself as "the world's premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science".

A "rice field laboratory" named after Prime Minister Modi was also inaugurated by him at the institute.

IRRI will also work with the Indian Center for Agriculture Research to have local farmers test the innovation.

India is also setting up a regional centre of the IRRI in Varanasi, the Prime Minister's constituency, to develop high-yielding rice varieties. The IRRI, which is known for its work in developing rice varieties that contributed to the Green Revolution in the 1960s and now, it boasts of having offices in 17 countries.

"Dr. Arvind Kumar informed benefits of drought-tolerant rice varieties which stabilize the productivity of rice on over 12 million hectares of drought-prone areas in India and improve the livelihoods of poor rural communities", External Affairs Ministry said in a tweet.

IRRI has an office in India, and 16 other countries in Asia and Africa.

On Twitter, Modi said he met with Indian scientists and researchers who work at IRRI.

Prime Minister Modi is on a three-day visit to Manila to attend the ASEAN India summit and East Asia Summit on November 14.

The Philippine laboratory will conduct the research, and the data will be forwarded to the Indian office for testing.

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