International Rice Research Institute to set up Regional Innovative Centre in Nellore

Vastavam web: IRRI is going to set up its Regional Innovative Centre in the district and for which a team of scientists from the institute visited proposed sites in and around Nellore on Saturday. Dr Matthew Morrell, Director General of IRRI, along with his team members inspected the lands for the proposed Regional Centre.They interacted with local farmers in Narikellapalli village and enquired about groundnut crop being cultivated by the farmers. Dr Matthew Morrell enquired the farmers about yielding status of the crop.The Director General of IRRI has in principle agreed to establish an IRRI Regional Innovation Centre in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy visited the IRRI head office in Manila, Philippines, with a team of officials.

IRRI had already entered into an agreement with the Agricultural University to train its scientists, economists and statisticians in March last. It has already entered into an agreement to establish a satellite-based rice monitoring system in one of the campuses of the agricultural universities.Collector R Mutyala Raju explained to team members about the feasibilities to set up Regional Centre in the district.