Sharma, Amit Mishra and Sheetal Sharma
India—Stress-tolerant rice varieties, high quality seed production, and
post-harvest techniques were showcased at a farmers’ fair attended by thousands
of farmers, scientists, and extension workers from the different districts of
The kisan mela (farmers’ fair), organized
by the Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), highlighted the achievements of the
university and honoured innovative farmers from different districts of the
state. This year’s theme was Soil Health
Management and Sustainable Agriculture.
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) hosted an exhibit booth at the
fair to promote the technologies developed by the Stress-Tolerant Rice for
Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project and the Cereal Systems Initiative for
team publicize newly released drought-tolerant rice varieties (DRR 42, DRR 44, and
Bina Dhan 11) to farmers and extension workers.
The team also explored the possibility of partnerships with other
stakeholders especially in the speedy dissemination of stress-tolerant rice
varieties to different stress-prone areas of the state.
on display were technologies and products developed by the Improved Rice-based Rainfed Agricultural Systems such as the manual transplanter, the community
mat nursery, and performance charts of stress-tolerant rice varieties.
Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS), a recently developed technology
especially for the Bihar region, was also demonstrated. CMRS aims to increase
farmer's net income and sustain the productivity of rice-based cropping
systems. During the demo period, hundreds of fertilizer recommendations were
generated with detailed discussion with the concerned farmers.
various literatures on the management of stress tolerant varieties, seed
production, and post-harvest techniques were distributed to participating extension
workers and farmers.
IRRI booth was one of the most popular exhibits and won the second place for Best
booth. The IRRI team included Dr. Amit Mishra, Mr. Mayank Sharma, Mr. Sarvesh
Shukla, and Mr. Bhanu Pratap Bhadauria, all based in India.
The kisan mela, held at BAU from 4 to 7 March, was inaugurated by the Honorable
Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar.