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IRRI vows to continue efforts to help improve India’s rice sector

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has vowed to continue and strengthen efforts to improve the rice sector of India.

Philippine-based IRRI, together with the Indian Embassy in the Philippines, recently celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary with a tree-planting ceremony.

“For six decades, IRRI and India have been strong partners in improving the rice sector of the country,” said Jaideep Mazumdar, the Ambassador of India to the Philippines.

“Many of our scientists and researchers were trained in IRRI and are now working to further strengthen agriculture in different countries in South Asia. We are happy to be here today to celebrate a cause that both India and the institute take to heart, [which is] to create a rice sector that is sustainable for this generation and the many others to come,” he added.

IRRI continues to deliver on its mission to transform the rice sector in South Asia.

With innovations that help create sustainable farming and improve the lives of those who depend on the rice sector, it carries out many projects, particularly in India, that is positioned to boost farmers’ income and make rice accessible to those who need it the most.

“Mahatma Gandhi’s words are an inspiration to IRRI, where we develop ways to make rice agri-food systems more productive, resilient, and sustainable while working on innovations that help protect the environment,” said Temina Lalani-Shariff, director of Communication and Stakeholder Engagement at IRRI.

The celebration of Gandhi’s birthday coincides with World Environment Day, observed every 5th of June.

Gandhi was a political and social activist known for his messages of unity, peace, and freedom.

He is regarded in India as the Father of the Nation as he fought through nonviolent protest for the independence of his people from colonial rule. His example inspired independence and civil rights movements across the globe.


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