Scientists from various institutions visit MSSRF field sites in Odisha
Through the Comprehensive Rice Fallow Management project in Odisha, MSSRF promoted green gram and black gram cultivation in the rice fallows of Koraput, Malkangiri and Nayagarh districts for 4,320 ha. The project is being implemented in 137 villages falling under 61 Gram Panchayats (GP) in all eight Community Development (CD) blocks in Nayagarh district, where 2000 ha has green gram cultivation as a demonstration field.
A MoA was signed between MSSRF and the Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production, Government of Odisha, to implement the three-year project under the state plan with the support of the state government.
As part of the monitoring, a team consisting of Asst. Agriculture Officer, National Food Security Mission (NFSM) Cell, Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production, Government of Odisha, Scientist from Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), Nayagarh, and Scientists from Regional Research and Technology Transfer Stations (RRTTS), Nayagarh, visited the demonstration field at Madhyakhanda GP of Daspalla Block on February 10, and interacted with the farmers expressed appreciation for MSSRF’s work.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.