IRRI promotes rice grain quality, nutrition in South Asia
The International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) has recently organized a regional symposium on ‘Transforming Rice Grain Quality and Nutrition in South Asia’, inviting private sector representatives from the seed industry, milling, crop protection, agri digital and genomic services, traders, and the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector.
The day-long event saw private sector leaders from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal engaging with IRRI scientists.
“IRRI SARC , through its suite of modern laboratories and training facilities, is advancing the exchange of technical know-how in rice research, to encourage collaboration between partners in the region, as well as for value addition to rice and rice-based agri-food systems,” said IRRI SARC Director Arvind Kumar.
“By collaborating with the public and private sector we will be able to optimise efforts in rice science, research, nutritional enhancement, and market linkages,” he added.
The symposium featured technical sessions on grain quality assessment, sensory evaluation, and novel areas of rice market research, delivered by IRRI experts and grain quality scientists from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and also from private sector leaders in the agri-food value chain, rice seed industry, millers, exporters, and FMCG.
Discussions were also held on opportunities for collaboration on advanced research and training for value addition in rice-based agri food systems, seed and grain quality enhancement, and rice breeding.