Development Program (UNDP)
supports Indian Hybrid Rice Program in a big way
The academic, scattered
and isolated efforts on development of hybrid rice in India were
systematized and formed into a goal oriented and time bound National
Network Project by the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research
(ICAR) in December 1989. This project was further strengthened
through generous financial support from the UNDP since September
1991. The financial support from the UNDP during first phase of
the project, September 1991 to December 1996 was approximately 3.1
million US $ (Rupees 12 crores). This funding was utilized primarily
for purchase of the needed equipments for 10 hybrid network centers,
for training the hybrid rice breeders, seed production personnel
and scientists from the allied disciplines at the centers of excellence
in China, at IRRI, In U.S.
and Japan. During the first phase, around 50 scientists and seed
production personnel were trained abroad. The UNDP funds were also
utilized for arranging the consultancy mission on hybrid rice breeding,
seed production and allied disciplines. More than 15 consultancy
missions were arranged during the first phase.
The second phase of
UNDP assistance was given during the period June 1999 to June 2002.
Emphasis during this phase is on transfer of technology activities.
Large number of compact block frontline demonstrations of released
hybrids and the training programmes are being conducted in the target
states, besides consultancy missions and training overseas of selected
seed production personnel from public sector seed agencies. It is
also proposed to send few leading seed growers (farmers) from target
states to China for training in hybrid rice seed production and
cultivation. The total financial outlay from UNDP for the second
phase is 2.55 million US $ (Rupees 10 crores). During the first
phase assistance from the UNDP was instrumental in technology generation,
while during the second phase, the assistance is very useful in
technology transfer and popularization of the hybrid rice technology
for large scale adoption.
Launching and hosting
of this website on hybrid rice in India has been suggested and sponsored
by the UNDP
Thus the contributions
of the UNDP towards the hybrid rice program in India have been substantial
and significant. We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial
assistance provided by the UNDP for the development and popularization
of hybrid rice in India.