Rice Day at RWRC,Malan

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, appreciates the role of women in farm development

Rice day was celebrated at Rice & Wheat Research Centre (RWRC), Malan, 18 KMs on 5 October. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that it was due to the progressive farmers that the country was exporting Basmati worth Rupees thirty thousand crore annually. He asked the farmers to grow only approved rice and other crop varieties to avoid any loss at later stages. He also advised the farming community to remain on touch with the university research stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras for latest farm information and to resolve their crop related problems.

The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the pivotal role of farm women in agriculture and livestock production. He asked the young farmers to come forward in accelerating the pace of farm development in the state and help in strengthening the economy of their families.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, elaborated about significant rice research accomplishments and asked the farmers to be careful in selecting rice varieties. He also advocated growing red rice as it was full of several minerals and nutrients. Dr Ripon Sood, Project Director, ATMA, said that a large number of programmes have been launched for the benefit of farmers and they should take advantage of these initiatives. Dr Ashwani Basandrai, Scientist Incharge, RWRC, informed about various activities of his centre.Drs Ajai Srivastva and Sandeep Manuja also addressed the farmers. Heads of departments answered to various crop and animal husbandry related questions of farmers. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor visited experimental farm and evinced interest in the exhibition. He also released two booklets by the scientists of the centre. He also honoured some progressive farmers. Dr Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture, heads and scientists from the university and officers from the state department of agriculture were present in the rice day