Govt inks MoA to set up IRRI’s regional centre in Varanasi

The Agriculture Ministry signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) for setting up a regional centre of the global rice research institute IRRI in Varanasi to develop high- yielding rice varieties.



The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which has offices in 17 countries, is known for its work in developing rice varieties that contributed to the green revolution in 1960s. IRRI’s South Asia Regional Centre will be set up at the campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in Varanasi. The MoA was signed between Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Patnaik and IRRI Director General Matthew Morell.

Important Takeaways from Above News-

  • Union Agriculture Minister is Radha Mohan Singh.
  • This will be the first international centre in eastern India which will play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in the region. 
Source- The Times of India

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