Directorate of Rice Research and Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University will hold an international ‘Dialogue on Designer Rice' on July 9 and 10.

Food security

To be held at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics, the event would see plant geneticists and molecular biologists from across the world taking part in the dialogue.

They would discuss prospects of designing rice that would meet future challenges of global food-nutrition-livelihood security.

“Though the current trends of rice production are in pace with the demands of the growing populations across Asia, Africa and South America, changes in the economy and lifestyles of the region are going to be more demanding in quantity and quality of the commodity,” Mr B.C.Viraktamath, Project Director of DRR (an arm of Indian Council of Agricultural Research), said here in a press release.

Maximise productivity

“Can the existing rice genotypes meet the future requirements of food and nutrition?

“Will crop intensification and management practices with the currently available high yielding varieties be able to maximise productivity of the crop to the desired level?

These are some of the pertinent queries the conference will attempt to address.

The two-day deliberation will capture novel ideas and debate on their feasibility and practicability. A possible roadmap with primordial projects may also be conceived for future action plan and funding, he said.

(This article was published on July 8, 2012)
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