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58th Annual Rice Research Group Meetings
10-11th April & 4-5th May, 2023


  • Chief Guest: Dr. T. R. Sharma, DDG (CS), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Guest of Honor:  Dr. Bidyut Chandan Deka, VC, AAU, Jorhat
  • Guest of Honor: Dr S R Das, Honorory Professor, OUAT
  • Guest of Honor: Dr. SK Pradhan, ADG (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Rapporteurs: Drs. J. Aravind Kumar and D. Krishnaveni

The inaugural session of the 58th Annual Rice Research Group Meeting was held at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat in hybrid mode on 4th May 2023 in the university auditorium. The Chief Guest of the inaugural session was Dr TR Sharma, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi. The other dignitaries on the dias were: Dr BC Deke, Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat; Dr SK Pradhan, ADG (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi; Dr RM Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad; Dr AK Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack; Dr SR Das, Hon. Professor, OUAT and Dr A Bhattacharya, Director of Research (Agri), AAU, Jorhat. After the felicitation of the dignitaries, the welcome address was given by Dr A Bhattacharya. He welcomed and introduced all the dignitaries on the dias. He stressed upon the rice based cropping systems and intensification of direct seeded rice (DSR). Popular specialty submergence varieties like Ranjit Sub 1 and Bahadur Sub 1 were developed by AAU, Jorhat.

Dr RM Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR presented the progress made by AICRIP on rice and research highlights of AICRIP and IIRR for 2022-23. He presented the action taken report (ATR) for 2022-23 that included the progress achieved in pre-breeding activities; comprehensive analysis of performance AICRIP cooperating centers; natural farming trial was initiated; and development of automated soil testing device i.e., KRISHI-RASTAA. He also presented the new initiatives taken at ICAR-IIRR during 2022-23

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