Rice Knowledge Bank launched under World-bank funded Assam Agribusiness & Rural Transformation (APART) project

GUWAHATI:‘Rice Knowledge Bank – Assam’, an agriculture web portal dedicated to enhancing knowledge on rice production techniques and technologies, best production practices and state agriculture facts, was launched as part of the World Bank funded project- Assam Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART).

According to an official communique the portal is the result of efforts of Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Society (ARIAS, Autonomous body of Govt of Assam); Assam Agricultural University (AAU); with technical assistance from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). To bridge the gap between research and on-field rice production practices, this website is a digital extension service providing practical knowledge solutions, especially for small-scale farmers in Assam.

Dr. K.M. Buzarbarua, Vice Chancellor, AAU stated that there is need to convert this essential knowledge to different local languages for encouraging large scale adoption.

Dr.Rajesh Prasad, Principal Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of Assam, said extension intermediaries will play a key role to ensure this knowledge on rice production techniques and technologies, and best production practices reaches small and marginal farmers.

Dr. Nafees Meah, Regional Representative for IRRI- South Asia highlighted IRRI’s role in promoting agricultural technologies for advancing rice and rice-based agri food systems. He described IRRI’s role as being pivotal for generating market linkages.

Assam Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB-Assam) showcases rice production techniques, agricultural technologies and best farming practices based on the pool of knowledge from research findings, learning and media resources from AAU and IRRI. It serves to address the challenges for agricultural development by supporting fast and effective transfer of technologies and knowledge from the research laboratory to farmer’s fields.

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“In the North East Regions (NER) of India, rice occupies nearly 85% of cropped area, and thus reliance on rice crop for boosting welfare in Assam is high. IRRI is glad the collaborative efforts of partners in the APART project, by way of the Rice Knowledge Bank- Assam portal will provide updated knowledge on production techniques, technologies and agronomy guides, and empower farmers with better decision-making, so yield gaps are reduced, leading to increase in farmer incomes and improved sustainability”, said Dr. Nafees Meah, Regional Representative for IRRI-South Asia.



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