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2nd Int'l Rice Congress begins tomorrow in Delhi

The Congress will also deliberate on some of the current issues facing many countries.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 20:52 IST

Nearly 47 per cent of area where rice is grown in the country doe not have assured irrigation having direct impact on the overall production and productivity of the country.

The average yield of around 2.92 tonne  per hectare in irrigated areas comes down to as low as 0.677 tonne per hectare in rainfed areas.

Globally, India ranks first in rice growing area 42.4 million hectare and second in production 87.6 million tonne of rice, with its area and production accounting for 27.5 per cent and 14.5 per cent of the global share respectively.

Within the country rice is a major crop accounting for 37 per cent of area and 43 per cent of food grain production in the country.

The Green Revolution led to doubling of rice productivity and increase in rice growing area by one-fifth and total production by over two and half times.

With rice exports from India touching 5.06 million tonne during 2005 India has been placed as the third major rice exporter at global level with 13.5 per cent of the total trade.

Basmati export has gone up steadily from 0.39 million tonne in 1995 to 1.16 million tonne in 2005.

India will be hosting the second International Rice Congress 2006 in New Delhi from October 9 to 13 bringing together 1200 rice researchers, traders, rice millers and agriculture ministers including 400 foreign delegates representing 40 countries to deliberate on various aspects of rice production, commerce and international cooperation with special focus on latest research, science and technology.

The Congress will also deliberate on some of the current issues facing many countries like increase in the international price of rice, sustainability and water, and Genetically Modified rice.

The mega event, the first of its kind in India sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines, Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Authority and organised by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences is to be inaugurated on Monday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The four major events of the Congress will be the 26th International Rice Research Conference (Oct 9-13), 2nd International Rice Commerce Conference (Oct 10-11), 2nd International Rice Technology and Cultural Exhibition (Oct 10-12) and 2nd International Ministerial Round Table Meeting (October 10).