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Government can continue with wheat, non-basmati rice exports: KV Thomas

 NEW DELHI: With granaries overflowing, the government today said it can continue exports of wheat and non-basmati rice for some more time.

In September 2011, the government had lifted a four-year -old ban on wheat exports and freed non-basmati rice shipments. It decided to review exports after shipments of these two commodities crossed two million tonnes each.

Festivals of plenty

 While all our festivals involve food in some way or the other, no other occasion comes even close to Sankranti. Of course the fact that Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu falls on the same day means that the festival is celebrated throughout India in one form or the other and is not confined to North or South India.

In East India, families make payesh (rice kheer) with date palm jaggary and new rice. It’s a taste unlike any other.


Indian farmer gets appreciation for innovation with aromatic rice

GANGTOK: India's Directorate of Rice Research has appreciated Kailash Rana Manger,  a progressive farmer from Sikkim, for innovations in rice cultivation and he was called as the rice innovator of Sikkim during the ‘Innovative Rice Farmers Meet 2011’ held in August at Hyderabad.

Manger had been appreciated for his innovative replacement of ‘Kalo Nuniya Dhaan’ in place of local scented variety for a high yiel


India's rice exports may touch 7mn tonnes in 2011-12

CRISIL Ratings has come out with its report on Indian rice. As per the rating agency India’s rice exports is expected to reach around 7 million tonnes in 2011-12, up from 2.2 million tonnes in 2010-11.

Increased exports, improved profitability support rice millers’ credit profiles


Symposium to be held to mark 100 years of rice research

Coimbatore, Dec 13 (PTI) To commemorate the completion of 100 years of rice research at the Paddy Breeding Station here, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) will conduct an international symposium from January 9 to 12, 2012, here. About 500 scientists from India and abroad will participate in the symposium on '100 Years of Rice Research Looking Beyond'.


Organic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers

Till last year, Shiv Singh, a landless labourer from the Pinarayi village of Damoh district knew of only one survival strategy-migrating to Delhi to earn his living as a construction worker.


How to create your own Directory of Rice Researchers

Now you can create your own directory:

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Tue, 2011-11-15 16:12

Re 1-a-kg rice to benefit 2.2 crore BPL families

HYDERABAD: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy signed the file relating to implementation of Re 1-a-kg subsidised rice scheme for the below poverty line (BPL) families from November 1 (AP Formation Day).
After offering floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the chief minister signed the file.
In a message, Kiran Kumar Reddy said taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's ideals, the state government had evolved subsidised rice scheme for benefit of the poor.


Rice Almanac

Rice Almanac is the most comprehensive databook on rice.

The contents of Rice Almanac are as follows:


1. Agro-Ecological Regions in India.

2. Rice in India.

3. Rice Ecosystems.

4. Mechanization in Rice Production.

5. Rice Genetic Resources.

6. AICRIP Network.

7. Quality Seed Production Districts.

8. Rice Mills.

9. Retention of Rice for Various Purposes.

10. MSP of Rice.

11. State-Wise Procurement of Rice.

12. Nutritional Status of Rice Grains.


Trade KnowHow

Rice is one of the largest agricultural export items from India. A decade ago, India used to export only Basmati rice. Non-Basmati rice has also become a major item for export, registering a steady upwards trend in recent years, but, in monetary terms, the basmati varieties bring in more foreign exchange than non-basmati varieties of rice. A tremendous demand for basmati rice in the international markets has seen the country's basmati rice exports increased from about USD 470 million in 2000-2001 to about USD 1900 million during 2008-09.



Soil Information System (Fertimeter) is the platform of RKMP in which complete information about soils can be found. It consists of the following headings:

• Soil Resources and Extent of Fertility Related Stress

• District wise soil fertility status

• Soil Degradation and Related Production Constraints

• Fertilizers Consumption Scenario and Nutrient Demands

• Rice Soils and Related Constraints in Rice Production

• Nutrient Management for Sustainable Productivity and Growth

• References

We can calculate the requirement of the following by using the calculators

• Manure Dose

• Individual Fertilizer Need

• Biodegradability Index of the Compost

• Dung and their Nutrient Generator

• Nitrogen Generator from Organic Matter

• Vermi Manure Generator

Online soil health card can be generated by supplying the information related soil samples. It covers soil information across the districts of India.

For more information, Click here


Learn Rice

LearnRice is a multi-dimensional e-learning platform of Rice Knowledge Management Portal, an initiative under National Agricultural Innovation project (NAIP) of ICAR. In the current scenario of fast changing Technology world, learning is considered to be a lifelong exercise. We appreciate the fact that larger number of rice stakeholders across the country have limitations in terms of access, quality and cost-effective learning opportunities. Not all the stakeholders are privileged to get their rice knowledge updated on 24x7 basis. It is in this context, it is felt that there should be an online platform for enabling & supporting the capacity building exercises in the rice sector of the country. Hence this innovative gateway of learning..LearnRice.

We understand that when we do so, it requires a flexible and effective medium for learning, which provides facility to the learner to learn anywhere at any time in his own pace. This way of learning is considered to be learner centric in contradiction to the traditional teacher centric learning. The rapid evolution of Internet and Web Technologies provided a medium for the information interchange as well as seamless interaction and collaboration of the users. A lot of interest is generated across the world in the field of e-Learning. Many new tools and concepts are evolving and are being explored throughout the world to make this concept a big success.

LearnRice is the e-Learning framework developed by customising the e-Sikshak platform of CDAC, an RKMP consortium partner.
While we continue to provide online learning opportunities, we wish to take these courses to large number of stakeholders through offline CDs and non-digital delivery mechanisms.

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Learn Rice Moodle

With a view to bringing about knowledge based sustainable rice development, a project on Applications of E-Learning in Agriculture: Designing an ODL Learning Content Management System (LCMS) for Rice Technologies. This final product of this project is an e-learning platform namely LEARNRICE.

Rice crop is interwoven in the cultural, social and economic life of millions of Indian and it holds the key for food and nutritional security of the country. Enormous knowledge has been developed about this crop and there is a need to share this knowledge for the betterment of our society.  Indian rice research and rice development programmes have been recognized as successful model endeavors all over the world.  However, given the burgeoning task of further enhancing the production and productivity of rice, the existing information sharing mechanisms appear to be inadequate.

The present project is an initiative to gear up with the new technological and content needs of the rice sector near future. The ODL Learning Content Management System (LCMS) for Rice Technologies in place will help enhancing the online and offline training opportunities for the farmers, extension workers, development departments, NGOs and other key actors in large-scale adoption of improved rice technologies and knowledge across the country.  This will help in linking the effective learning with the immediate working conditions of the farmers and other rice workers.  Supporting immediate application of the learning in local situation will be an important outcome of the project.  It is expected that such an innovative extension approach using Open and Distance Learning methods will enhance the access to improved rice knowledge and information across the country, contributing to the agricultural development.  This endeavour will also help opening up new vistas in the distance learning and capacity building in the agriculture sector, a sector on which 65% Indian population depends for its livelihood.
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