Port Blair, June 11: ICAR – CIARI along with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra South , North & Middle Andaman and Department of Agriculture, A & N Administration has launched Front Line Demonstrations of Promising High Yielding Varieties of Rice at North , Middle, & South Andaman during its Seed Day Celebration on 6th & 7th June, 2018 with the involvement of the PRIs at selected location in an area of 0.40 ha each. Altogether 17 quintals of TLF Rice seeds of High Yielding Rice Varieties were distributed which will cover a total area of 85 ha. and subsequently enhanced both the Seed Replacement Rate (SRR) and Variety Replacement Rate (VRR) in the area in due course after adoption.
The first such programme was inaugurated by Pradhan Shri Satish Singh as Chief Guest on 5th June, 2018, at Rangat, in presence of Pradhan, Dasratpur, Nimbutala, Parnashala, Nimbutala, PRI members and a large gathering of 142 farmers representing 16 Panchayat covering 64 villages including Long Island. The Chief guest appreciated the effort taken by the team in providing the promising varieties of rice in time with its technical know how & do how. Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed Principal Scientist & Co- Nodal Officer sensitized the participants on the objective of transfer of technology from Lab to land in FLDs mode jointly and introduced the seed chain linkage by farmers to farmers as extension methodology to strengthen the availability of seeds by the farmers, for the farmers for the next kharif and likewise leading to its spread to the peer groups. The rice breeders Dr. P.K. Singh Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer & Dr. R. K. Gautam Principal Scientist & Co Nodal Officer spoke in details on the significance of TLF Rice seeds of High Yielding Rice Varieties of CIARI and also clarified the practical constraints and rice farming issues out of their experience. Beside the Co- ordinators Dr. Jaya Kumaravaradan, Scientist ,Dr. B. L. Kasinath, Sr. Scientist & Head, Shri B.L. Meena, SMS (Agro.), Shri Basantia SMS (Hort.), Dr. Sailesh Kumar SMS (Fish.), Er. Manoj Kumar SMS (Agri. Engg.), Shri Tanmai Paul Farm Manager, Shri Shyam Sunder Rao, Shri M.N. Das and Shri Navashakti, Agriculture Officer interacted with the farmers in participatory mode during the session.
On 7th June, 2018, second programme on Seed Day for technology application in FLD mode was conducted at Sundergarh Gram Panchayat with collaboration of KVK , South Andaman and Dept of Agriculture. Dr. P. K. Singh, Pr. Scientist, Dr. R. K. Gautam, Pr. Scientist, Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed, Pr. Scientist and Dr. Vardhan, Scientist, Dr. Nagesh Ram, Sr. Scientist & Head and Dr. L. B. Singh SMS ( Hort ) as Coordinators and Officials from Dept. of Agriculture were the experts during the lecture cum interaction programme delivered for the benefit of growing HYV of Rice and resolving farming issues. Around 40 farmers attended and got benefitted.
Overall the programme was organized by ICARI-CIARI, Port Blair and coordinated by ICAR-KVK, Nimbudera, & Port Blair in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, A&N Administration under the guidance of Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair.