Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi. It is the sixth campus of IRRI SARC. The initiative will complement the government’s effort to double farmer’s income by 2022.
1. The education and training arm of IRRI SARC will educate scientists and agriculture leaders about the latest technologies and innovations for sustainable farming.
2. IRRI SARC will house demonstration fields for testing various varieties of rice.
3. The IRRI SARC will house laboratories for digital crop monitoring and assessment.
4. IRRI SARC will also house Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA), which would be a suite of modern laboratories where rice grains are assessed for quality and nutritional value and sensory evaluations for grain taste, texture and aroma are conducted on-site facilities.
The IRRI SARC will aid in improving crop production, seed quality and the nutritional value of rice. The centre will work with national partners to enhance farmers’ knowledge and income and deliver advanced research, teaching and services in the connection. IRRI SARC aims to improve livelihood and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those countries which depend on rice-based agri-food systems. The Centre will support in adopting a value chain based production system in the country by reducing wastage, adding value and generating higher income for the farmers.