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NRRI Seeks Approval For 10 New Rice Verities to Enhance Crop Resilience & Yield

The National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) has submitted 10 new rice varieties to CVRC and seeks approval to enhance crop yield and resilience.

Vivek Singh
The picture shows a type of rice varieties - High Yield Paddy Varieties in India: For Rabi and Kharif Seasons
The picture shows a type of rice varieties - High Yield Paddy Varieties in India: For Rabi and Kharif Seasons

The National Rice Research Institute was set up in Cuttack, Odisha on 23rd April 1946. The NRRI has submitted a proposal for the identification of 10 new varieties of rice to the Central Varietal Release Committee. A.K. Nayak, Director, NRRI said that the seven rice varieties sent by the NRRI have been recognized by CVRC in the past year. 

The NRRI scientists have credits in various rice research disciplines, such as Entomology, Physiology, Food Technology, Biochemistry, Nematology, Plant Pathology & Mycology, and more. The institute is categorized into different departments and each department is headed by a Department Head. After the Gajendragadkar Commission Report, the working conditions have massively improved in terms of the pay for research scientists. 

The National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) is going to celebrate its 78th Foundation Day on 24th April (Sunday). The institute will highlight its achievement on the occasion of Foundation Day. 

The 2023 Foundation Day Lecture of the NRRI is named after K Ramiah (the first director of the institute). He was instrumental in determining and examining the site in Cuttack to develop the rice research centre in the year 1946.

The NRRI official also said that Ramiah's son R Pancharatnam has projected to donate Rs. 50 lakhs to the institute for the endowment lecture.

On Sunday, the Former NRRI director and Department of Agricultural Research and Education's ex-secretary Trilochan Mohapatra will deliver the lecture. Currently, he is also officiating as chairperson of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority.

The Director of the National Rice Research Institute added to his statement that the institute has approved a patent for a “method for albino free shoot regeneration in rice through another culture”. 

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