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Dainik Bhaskar, 2 March, 2014

Dainik Bhaskar, 2 March, 2014

 CRRI News

Summer School on Biotic Stress Management in Rice organized
ICAR Sponsored 21-days Summer School on ‘New horizons in biotic stress management in rice under changing climate scenario’ was organized at Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttackfrom 10-30 September, 2013.
Prof. ManoranjanKar, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar inaugurated the programme. In his address as Chief Guest, Dr. Kar highlighted the importance of sustainable management of biotic stress viz., insect pests, diseases, nematodes, weeds etc. in rice. He appreciated the efforts of CRRI for hosting this training programme which is very timely for the benefit of scientists. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI in the opening remarks as chairman, elucidated the current research needs and future strategies for enhancing rice production in the country through efficient management of biotic stresses that has assumed greater importance in the climate change regime.Dr. UrmilaDhua, Principal Scientist and officiating head of the crop protection division welcomed the dignitaries and participants in the inaugural session.

Prof. M. Kar, VC, OUAT lighening the lamp in Dr. T P Rajendran, ADG (PP), ICAR delivering lecture
inaugural session in the valedictory session

The summer school is a part of mid career training programme for agricultural scientists belonging to various agricultural institutes and universities including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, where key issues of biotic stresses in rice and their management with the use of modern tools were discussed. Twenty-four participants at the level of Assistant Professor and Subject Matter Specialist from eleven states attended the training. The training included 30 lectures, 13 hands on practical sessions, on-station field visits for exposure to innovations in biotic stress management in rice. Visits of important technological sites like integrated farming system models at Pipili block of Puri District in Odisha, farmers’ IPM fields were also arranged for visibility of technologies. Besides lectures by the scientists of the institute, six guest lectures were delivered by outside expert including Dr. C. Chattopadhyay, Director, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, Dr. A R Prasad, Chief Chemist, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, Dr. P K Swain, Professor (Nematology) & Dr. S K Panda, Professor (Entomology), Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology; Dr G K Mahapatro, National Fellow, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, R & D Manager, E I DuPont Asia Pacific, Gurgaon.  


 Dainik Bhaskar(Kota Edition), 28 November, 2013

 Dainik Bhaskar(Kota Edition), 28 November, 2013


Dainik Bhaskar(Kota Edition), 28 November, 2013


Odiya News Clip in SAMAJ (15-Jan 2008) - it narrates a termite hill at SORO, that is claimed to be the largest termite mound in India.

Cross-checking the claim: Country’s largest termite hill in Soro: A news clip from Samaj (most popular newspaper in Oriya) claimed the largest termite hill (80 ft height) in the Balanga village (block: Soro). This is well known as Valmiki Muni Dham (Rishi Valmiki’s Place). Every year, in Makar Sankranti, this place celebrates Puja for at least 8-days. However, our survey, revealed that this place where may be in past several termitaria were present. But it is not a single mound. The place is now covered with many trees (mentioned in the clip as well) with extensive branches.

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