IRRI helps Odisha farmers increase yield through planting in healthy soil
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), with support from the Department of Agriculture of the Government of Odisha, is implementing a five-year project that aims to increase the productivity and income of farmers in 30 districts of Odisha, an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal.
To achieve this goal, key areas of impact were identified such as strengthening seed systems; efficient management of rice fallows; eaising productivity & profitability for farmers using Rice Crop Manager (RCM) by more efficient use of inputs; enhancing farmer access to knowledge and technologies through Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) and Rice Doctor; and satellite-based rice crop monitoring for seamless claim settlement using geographic information systems and science-based crop insurance.
As part of celebrating World Soil Day 2018, IRRI and the Government of Odisha recently organized a crop cut and field-day in a farmer’s field selected under the Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) scheme.
The event was held in Cuttack district where 13 soil and agri-scientists, academicians, senior leaders from Odisha government with 55 farmers participated.
Agri-extension officials from the Department of Agriculture commended IRRI for interventions in rice and rice-based agriculture in Odisha and highlighted the importance of planting in healthy soil and advocating for sustainable management of soil resources.