Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated 'Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory' at Los Banos, in the Philippines.
PM said his visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was a great learning experience. He said, "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."
PM saw a detailed exhibition on rice varieties and the impressive work done by IRRI with women farming cooperatives.
IRRI is working towards developing a better quality of rice seed and addressing food scarcity issues. A large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI and contributing to Research and Development in these areas.
While inaugurating the laboratory at Los Banos, PM Modi also presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.
International Rice Research Institute in Manila
PM Narendra modi visits International Rice Research Institute in Manila. IRRI has successfully collaborated with Indian Council for Agricultural Research to introduce drought-tolerant, flood-Mtolerant and salt-tolerant varieties of rice in India. Courtesy: @MEAIndia
Dr. Umesh Singh gives an overview of IRRI
Indian scientists at IRRI brief PM Modi on benefits of special rice varieties which provide substantial benefits to Indian farmers. Dr. Umesh Singh gave an overview of IRRI South Asian Regional Center in Varanasi. Courtesy: @MEAIndia
Dr. Ranjitha Puskur explains transforming agriculture
Dr. Ranjitha Puskur explained about the support provided to women for transforming agriculture. IRRI and its partners provided 2, 00, 000 women farmers in Odisha with capacity building programs, stress-tolerant rice varieties and improved agriculture technology. Courtesy: @MEAIndia
PM briefed on flood-tolerant rice varieties
PM Modi being briefed on flood-tolerant rice varieties which withstand 14-18 days of submergence. Grown by more than 4 mn farmers in India, these varieties provide 1-3 tons more yield per hectare in flood affected areas, which is key to food security and farmers' income.Courtesy: @MEAIndia