Rice day celebrated at Wheat & Rice Research Station,Malan

Oct 03, 2011 10:37 | Poltics

JAIDEEP REHAN: Palampur. Rice day was celebrated at Wheat & Rice Research Station of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Malan, 17 Kms from here, today. A large number of progressive rice growers from various parts of districts Kangra and Chamba participated and interacted with university scientists and officers from the state department of agriculture.

In his address chief guest Dr.S.K.Sharma, Vice Chancellor said that
  such interactions bridge the gap between latest farm technology and farmers. He asked the farmers to discuss their farm related problems with the scientists at university headquarters or its research and extension centers all over the state.

Dr S.K.Sharma told that the ‘Basmati’ rice grown in the state has got
  GI(geographical indicators) and was in great demand. The University has developed suitable varieties for different regions. He also advised the farming community to grow improved varieties of traditional red rice which fetch remunerative price in the market. Healso asked the farmers to produce seed of improved rice varieties forfurther dissemination among other farmers.He also informed about the importance of bio-diversity and need to preserve it.

Dr.S.P.Sharma, Director of Research, said that it was imperative to
  grow only approved varieties for assured and better yields. He also spoke ion the importance of farm mechanization in hills.

Dr.R.P.Kaushik, senior scientists and incharge of the station informed
  that efforts were made to preserve and improve germplasm of old rice varieties on the verge of extinction. He also told about the new basmati varieties which mature early and give more yields.

Dr.S.K.Bhambota, project director, ATMA (agricultural technology
  management agency),Kangra underlined the need of crop diversity and told that under ATMA farm visits were organized to apprise farmers about new farm technology.

Drs Vijay Rana and Sudhir Rana and heads of departments also addressed
  farmers. Progressive farmers Messers Bachitar Singh and Ishwar Singh narrated their experiences.