India has been battered by several tropical cyclones in recent years. In order to reduce poverty through improved and diversified rice-based systems; to ensure stable and sustainable production; to improve the nutrition and health of poor rice consumers and farmers; provision of equitable access to information and knowledge on rice, will help develop the next generation of rice scientists, that will provide develop improved technologies and enhance rice production in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines and inaugurated ‘Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory’ on Monday.
He undertook a symbolic groundbreaking for a new plot for submergence tolerant rice varieties and unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the ‘Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory’. He also presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.
IRRI is a premier research organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations.
IRRI aims to improve livelihoods and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger and malnutrition among those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems. In doing so, IRRI’s work protects the health of rice farmers and consumers, and the environmental sustainability of rice farming in a world challenged by climate change. IRRI’s work promotes the empowerment of women and supports opportunities for youth in an equitable agri-food system.
“My visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was a great learning experience. Saw the exceptional work IRRI is doing towards mitigating poverty and hunger by improving rice cultivation. Their work benefits many farmers and consumers, particularly in Asia and Africa. Saw a detailed exhibition on rice varieties and the impressive work done by IRRI with women farming cooperatives. Interacted with Indian scientists, students, researchers working at IRRI. India’s ICAR and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades. India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty,” the prime minister said, in a series of tweets.
“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.