The ongoing climate change process has posed new challenges to the scientists and demands a quick response from the scientific community for sustainable crop production and to maintain a balance between demand and the supply. Over years, IRRI in partnership with national programs has successfully used molecular biology tools to speed up the development and delivery of products combining tolerance to various abiotic and biotic stresses. However to expedite the process of delivering recent discoveries and for developing targeted specific products, a strong need has been felt of a breeding facility in the region. India with its large diversity of soil and climate, provide opportunities to develop situation-specific rice varieties which will be relevant to not only India but also to other neighboring countries.
Keeping this in view, IRRI established South Asia Rice Breeding Hub at ICRISAT, Hyderabad to carry out targeted breeding research and training program in India with a spillover benefit to other SAARC countries. India with its large diversity of soil and climate, provide unique opportunities to develop situation-specific rice varieties which will be relevant to not only India but also to other south Asian countries as well. The program will be in close collaboration with India’s premier rice research institutes Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), and other national partners both public and private sector in India. This facility would allow the implementation of upstream research agenda agreed under the India-IRRI collaborative research program and contribute to the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a new CGIAR Research Program (CRP) in which India is a key partner.
The IRRI South Asia Rice Breeding Research and Training Hub at ICRISAT shall work:
The IRRI South Asia Rice breeding hub will not compete but complement the research activities being conducted by different institutes in South Asia. The IRRI South Asia Rice Breeding Hub shall follow the Govt. of India approved guidelines for transfer of germplasm outside India.