The 2nd Indian Rice Congress 2023 was inaugurated in Cuttack by President Droupadi Murmu in the presence of Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Odisha Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Fisheries, and Animal Resource Development, Ranendra Pratap Swain.
President Murmu informed that India is the leading consumer and exporter of rice, for which a lot of credit goes to the institute, but when the country became independent, the situation was different.
President of India Inaugurated the 2nd Indian Rice Congress at Cuttack – Key Points
- In the inauguration ceremony the President informed that as irrigation facilities expanded in the last century, rice was grown in new places and found new consumers. Paddy crop requires large amounts of water, but many parts of the world are facing severe water scarcity due to climate change.
- The President also noted that rice is the basis of our food security, and its nutritional aspects should also be considered.
- A large section of low-income groups depends on rice, which is often their only source of daily nutrition, so providing protein, vitamins, and essential micronutrients through rice can help combat malnutrition.
- On the development of the country’s first high-protein rice by NRRI, the development of such bio-fortified varieties is ideal and expressed confidence that the scientific community of the country will be able to meet the challenge.
- Union Minister Narendra Tomar informed that India is an agricultural country, and the government tries to give priority to agriculture.
- The agricultural sector has made a lot of progress as the hard work of our farmers is supplemented by scientific research.
- It is the resolve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that no child or person in the country remains malnourished. To solve the problem of malnutrition, biofortified rice varieties should be produced to increase nutritional value; taking steps in this direction, the institute has developed varieties namely CR 310, 311, and 315. This institute has developed 160 varieties of rice.