Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi. This new Centre is expected to improve crop production, seed quality and the nutritional value of rice.
It will also work with national partners to enhance farmers’ knowledge and income and deliver advanced research, teaching and services in the connection. With an aim to double farmers’ income, the Prime Minister dedicated the country the 6th IRRI SARC campus here which will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC region. Not only that, the education and training arm of IRRI SARC, IRRI Education, will also teach scientists and agriculture leaders about the latest technologies and innovations for sustainable farming; and laboratories for digital crop monitoring and assessment, and demonstration fields where variety testing is conducted. The major aim of IRRI is to improve livelihood and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those countries which depend on rice-based agri-food systems.