ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research celebrated
“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”
“Food and Nutrition for Farmers”
August 26, 2021
Manchal Village, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana
Under the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations,ICAR-IIRR organized the “Food and Nutrition for Farmers” event for farmers on August 26, 2021 at Manchal Village, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana. Following the COVID-19 protocol the program was organized for 30 farmers.
A comprehensive program on the importance of food and nutrition for farmers was planned and organized in the village as advised by Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
The significance of ‘’Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’’, the stupendous growth in rice production since Independence to current situation and the role of ICAR-IIRR rice varieties in food and nutritional security of farmers and other related aspects were highlighted by Dr.LV Subba Rao. The importance of Biofortified crops for food and nutritional security and building immunity of farm families and rice consumers, especially in the times of the pandemic was elaborated by Dr.C. N. Neeraja.
The potential and prospects for doubling farmer’s income with seed production of nutritionally rich rice varieties was explained eloquently by Dr. AVSR Swamy. Dr. P. Muthuraman motivated the farmers to adopt the nutritionally superior rice varieties (DRR DHAN-45,48 and 49) and the low GI rice Improved Samba Mahsuri for own consumption and also to earn a premium by cultivating these varieties. Dr. Amtul Warris highlighted the salient features of biofortified rice varieties developed by ICAR-IIRR and encouraged the farmers to undertake cultivation and consumption of these varieties to ensure nutritional security at farm level.