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GLIMPSES OF 6TH INTERNATIONAL HYBRID RICE SYMPOSIUM
The 6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium was held at Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad, India from 10-12 September 2012. Organized by the International Rice Research Institute and the Directorate of Rice Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the event
hybrid rice researchers, experts, and representatives from the public and private sectors. Shri K. Lakshmi Narayana , Minister of Agriculture has inaugurated the 6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium.Dr. B.C Vikramath ,Project Director , Directorate of Rice Research delivered welcome address.Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, Director General, IRRI, Philippines, in his inaugural speech stressed upon the need to develop new varieties of hybrid rice which need lesser water for cultivation. Prof. Longping Yuan, Director General, China National Hybrid Rice R&D Centre, known as father of hybrid rice,emphasized the significant role of hybrid rice in sustaining food security in the developing countries like China and India.
The topics discussed at the symposium are: Hybrid Rice Development; Hybrid Rice Seed Production; Applications of Molecular Technology; Crop and Resource Management, and; Hybrid Rice Economics. The 3-day program featured keynote lectures, paper presentation sessions, workshops, field visit and hybrid rice technology exhibit.
The symposium was attended by about 350-400 eminent people from various ICAR Institutes ,Government Officials ,and eminent scientists from all parts of the world making it a huge success and assuring to improve the productivity of rice.