Bhubaneswar , 12/3 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Director General of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Dr. Robert S. Ziegler visited Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) and held an interactive meeting with the scientists and students of the University on the emerging issues in agricultural sector.
While welcoming Dr. Zeigler, Vice Chancellor of OUAT Prof. Manoranjan Kar emphasized on the long collaboration of OUAT with IRRI, which has a long history of contribution towards upliftment of farming community. He also expressed the scientific work and research going on in OUAT and the land to lab model of extension for carrying out the technology at farmer’s doorstep. He also expressed his happiness over the PG and PhD Research scholars of OUAT working in collaboration with CSISA project in the state and hoped that in future more number of students and scientists would get opportunity to work in such international projects.
In his address to the scientists and students of the University, Dr. Ziegler emphasized on ways and methods to address and combat the adverse impact of climate change on agriculture. He called upon the student community to join the ongoing research on agriculture development and stressed that there is no better time than now, to join this race as climate change is seriously affecting agriculture.
Later he interacted with scientists and students on different agricultural issues faced by the small and marginal farmers starting from fertilizer adulteration developing climate smart extension model, feasibility and adoption of farm mechanization and expressed various challenges faced by the small and marginalized farmers in different parts of the world. He also called upon the students and scientists present in the forum to combat these issues of small farmers by understanding the rural economy and livelihood options that could mitigate the reasons of low productivity and tackle adverse climatic conditions such as flood and drought. He further wished the long collaboration with OUAT would benefit the scholars, researchers and farmers of Odisha.
Among others, Dr. Ismail Abdelbagi, Project leader of Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA), Dr JK Ladha, IRRI India Representative, Dr. US Singh, South Asia Coordinator of STRASA, Dr. CM Khanda, Hub Manager of CSISA Odisha, the Dean of different faculties, Dean Students Welfare, Head of the departments and Director Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation also joined in the informal meeting session.