Cuttack, November 13 (LocalWire): The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute in Cuttack on Wednesday organised a unique Rice Walk offering everyone an opportunity to visit its 200-acre Institute Research Farm and witness the full-grown crops of newly developed high yielding rice varieties.
The “Walk with Rice, Know Your Rice” programme aimed to create awareness about the development of rice varieties and other agro-technologies related to rice production, plant protection, and bio-fortification (high protein rice).
During the walk, participants also got an exposure to climate-smart rice that can tolerate both drought and submergence, hybrid rice, rice-fish integrated farming system models, resource conservation techniques, mechanisation, seed processing, crop physiology, and micro-environment.
The participants also visited the institute rice Museum, rice Gene Bank that has a collection of over 35,000 rice germplasms and various laboratories of the institute.
The Rice Walk was attended by over 2,000 students and teachers from over 30 schools from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, farmers, scientists from ICAR and OUAT, state government officials, institute staff and their family members, besides the general public.
The visitors were guided and explained by the scientists of the institute during the Walk.
Inaugurating the Rice Walk, the Institute Director Dr. Himanshu Pathak said that the purpose of the unique event was to exhibit NRRI technologies, farm, and laboratories and to raise awareness about rice among the students and the general public.