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PM Modi inaugrates Rice Research Institute

PM Modi inaugrates Rice Research Institute


  • GS 3 || Economy || Agriculture || Agricultural R&D

 Why in News?

  • The International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi was dedicated to the nation by PM.

 International Rice Research Institute,  South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC)

  • The education and training arm of IRRI SARC will educate scientists and agriculture leaders about the latest technologies and innovations for sustainable farming.
  • The IRRI SARC will house laboratories for digital crop monitoring and assessment. IRRI SARC will house demonstration fields for testing various varieties of rice.

 Features- IRRI SARC

  • It will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC region.
  • The IRRI SARC will aid in improving crop production, seed quality and the nutritional value of rice.
  • The centre will work with national partners to enhance farmers’ knowledge and income and deliver advanced research, teaching and services in the connection.
  • IRRI SARC aims to improve livelihood and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those countries which depend on rice-based Agri-food systems.
  • The Centre will help in utilizing the rich biodiversity of India to develop special rice varieties which will help India achieve higher per hectare yields and improved nutritional contents.
  • The Centre will support in adopting a value chain based production system in the country by reducing wastage, adding value and generating higher income for the farmers.

 About- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

  • The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is an international agricultural research and training organization known for its work in developing rice varieties that contributed to the Green Revolution in the 1960s.
  • The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a dynamic and rapidly evolving organization which focuses on solving complex global problems through vibrant, rice-based Agri-food systems. It is headquartered in Los Banos,Laguna in the Philippines.
  • The Institute, established in 1960 aims to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability of rice farming.
  • IRRI is one of 15 agricultural research centers in the world that form the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research centres, a global partnership of organizations engaged in research on food security. It is also the largest non-profit agricultural research centres in Asia.

 Additional Info-Solar Bubble Dryer (SBD)

  • Innovative crop drying technology – Solar Bubble Dryer – was demonstrated for the first time in Odisha.
  • Solar Bubble Dryer – developed jointly by the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines; Grainpro, a leading post-harvest solution providing company; and the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
  • The SBD is a low-cost drying technology that aims to provide a simple and flexible alternative to sun-drying, while protecting from spillage, animals, weather and vehicles running over the grains.
  • The quantitative loss in traditional sun-drying method is estimated to be in the range of 15 to 30% between harvesting and milling. Due to quality loss, the farmer does not get proper price of their produce

 Mains Question

  • Throw some light on International Rice Research Institute,  South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC).