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March 18, 2017

Directorate of Rice Development, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, (Dept. of Agriculture, Co-operation & Farmer Welfare) 5th Floor, 'G' Wing, Karpuri Thakur Sadan, Kendriya Karmachari Parisar (GPOA), Ashiana Digha Road, Patna

The Directorate of Rice Development, a sub-ordinate office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dept. of Agriculture, Co-Operation & Farmer Welfare, Govt. of India has been functioning from Patna, the capital city of Bihar State since 1-1-1970. The major activity of the Directorate is to popularize the latest high yielding varieties of rice among the farmers of different rice growing eco-systems in various states of the country, through demonstration trials and also arranging training programmes to impart trainings to the Agriculture Extension Officers (AEO) about the latest improved production technology evolved by the Agriculture Scientist.

The  AEOs further go to the farmers in their assigned rice growing areas and transfer to them the latest technique and knowledge of improved production technology for increasing productivity and production of rice. Besides, the Directorate is also organizing National Seminar on Rice with participation of Agriculture Scientists engaged in rice research and Agriculture Development Agencies from central and state govts. to review and discuss the various aspects and/or problems of rice production in the country at one platform.

After fruitful deliberations, future research and development programmes are chalked out and recommended to the concerned agencies or the departments for their implementation suitably and effectively.

The Directorate of Rice Development has also brought out the following publications on various aspects of rice development activities for the benefit of agriculture research scientists, planners, policy makers, traders, agriculture universities, agriculture development extension personnel, etc.

During the 3rd Five Year Plan, the Govt. of India established Regional Extension Unit for extension of latest Production Technology of Rice Crop in the country. The Regional Extension Unit for the Rice was initially established at Hyderabad in the Directorate of Oil Seeds Development. In 1969, as per the decision of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, the Regional Extension Unit was converted as Directorate of Rice Development on 1st Jan 1970 with its HQ at Patna. The Office of Regional Extension Unit at Hyderabad was made sub-office of this new Directorate at Patna and continued to function up to 31-3-1996. The Commodity Development Directorates including the Directorate of Rice Development were recognized vide Ministry of Agriculture letter no. 36-8/86/CA.III dated 21-6-1995.

After the reorganization of all the Commodity Development Directorates, uniform staffing pattern was adopted and also the function of these Directorates was modified keeping in view the latest crop production technology.
Functions and Responsibilities 

The responsibilities of Directorate of Rice Development are listed below :
  •     To assist the Dept. of Agriculture & Co-Operation to plan, to co-ordinate and to monitor the Rice Crop Development Programmes at the national level and recommend measures to improve Rice Production.
  •     To assist the states/union territories to plan, formulate and implement the Rice Development Programmes to increase production and productivity.
  •     To interact with national and state institutions in planning the production of rice seeds.
  •     To liaise with State Agricultural Universities and ICAR Research Institutions for organizing Training Courses on improved Cereal Crops Production Technologies.
  •     To have closer interaction/co-ordination with the Directorate of Rice Research, Central Rice Research Institute and other Regional Research Centres of ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.
  •     To keep in touch with research development activities of Agricultural Universities and other National and ICAR organizations and maintain the flow of information and ideas between research and development.
  •     To provide technical support to the Extension Units of the state departments of agriculture and special orientation training programme on rice production technology.
  •     To participate in the meetings of the Rice Workshops organized by ICAR and also Kharif and Rabi Conference organized by the State Dept. of Agriculture.
  •     To watch the performance of newly evolved/released rice varieties.
  •     To monitor and report to the Ministry of Agriculture about the Area Coverage, Production, Productivity and Weather Conditions during Kharif and Rabi on a weekly basis.
  •     To report regularly to the Dept. of Agriculture & Co-operation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends.
  •     To build-up relevant records and data for the rice crop at the district, state and the national level.
  •     To monitor the distribution and utilization of the funds for Rice Seed Mini-Kit Demonstration Programme in different rice growing areas in the country.
  •     To organize the National Seminar on Rice Production Management every year.
  •     To monitor all crops in the assigned states, mainly - Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa - and submit the weekly reports regarding crop, weather conditions and the coverage area.

Contact Address 

Directorate of Rice Development,
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare,
(Dept. of Agriculture, Co-operation & Farmer Welfare)
5th Floor, 'G' Wing, Karpuri Thakur Sadan,
Kendriya Karmachari Parisar (GPOA),
Ashiana Digha Road, Patna - 800 025 (Bihar).
Tel: 0612-2262720, 2262843
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