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IRRI-India's success began with the introduction of high-yielding rice variety IR8 dubbed "miracle rice," which helped save India from a massive famine in the 1960s. This was only the beginning of a productive partnership that has led to more than 400 improved rice varieties with resistance to pests and diseases, streamlined rice production practices, extensive information exchange with Indian scientists, and strong capacity building activities.

Project to boost productivity in drought-prone areas launched in New Delhi

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:43 AM by

NEW DELHI, India—The inception and planning workshop of the microbial component of a project that seeks to boost the productivity of drought-prone lowlands in South Asia was held at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) on 28 June. ​(This was originally published in July 2016)

Crop Manager app for rice-based systems released for farmers of Bihar, India

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:34 AM by

BIHAR, India—Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS), a web app for better crop and nutrient management, has been released to Bihar farmers. (This was originally published in June 2016)

India agriculture officials look to IRRI technologies for improving food security

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:31 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – “IRRI has an important role in food security and in ensuring that rice production is sufficient in India,” said  Ashok Dalwai, additional secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Odisha Agriculture Secretary lauds CSISA's efforts to fast-track farm mechanization

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BHUBANESWAR, India—Manoj Ahuja (3rd from right in photo), principal secretary in Odisha’s Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment (DoA), recognized the efforts of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) in reaching out to farmers during a Round Table Discussion on Mechanization here on 1 June. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Farmers, scientists test performance of stress-tolerant rice varieties in Odisha, India

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ODISHA, India, 25 May—Around 200 hundred rice farmers, scientists, and other stakeholders evaluated the performance of  two new rice varieties that can better withstand flooding and drought during a recent field day in Puri District. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Flood-tolerant BINA Dhan 11 impresses rice farmers in Odisha

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ODISHA, India—Rice farmers were impressed by the performance of BINA Dhan 11, a flood-tolerant variety, during their visit to a demonstration field in the Bhadrak District. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Stress-tolerant rice varieties gain support of agriculture secretary and farmers in Odisha

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ODISHA, India—Shri Manoj Ahuja (second from left in photo), principal secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment (DoA), Government of Odisha, commended the introduction of two stress-tolerant rice varieties in the state. (This was originally published in May 2016)

STRASA speeds up delivery of climate-smart rice to benefit farmers

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BHUBANESWAR CITY, ODISHA, India—The project, Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA), is the platform for coping with current food security challenges. (This was originally published in May 2016)

“Super rice” to reach more poor farmers in Asia and Africa

posted Aug 5, 2016, 12:33 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—Hardy “super rice” varieties that can thrive even with less water, fertilizer, and pesticides will soon reach more farmers living in harsh locations in Asia and Africa under the third phase of the Green Super Rice (GSR) project. (This was originally published in April 2016)

Indian prime minister says modern technology could double farmers’ income by 2022

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NEW DELHI,  India—Modern agricultural technology and modernization could help double the current incomes of farmers within six years, according to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He expressed this possibility during the inauguration of the Krishi Unnati Mela agriculture fair and exhibition, held 19-21 March at Pusa, New Delhi. (This was originally published in March 2016)

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