Scientific On-Farm Monitoring of Rice Production, the Key to Increase Regional Rice Yield
The Rice Research Institute of Iran’s mission and purpose are targeted to improve the life quality of those who depend on the rice sector through rice-based agri-food systems and the environmental sustainability of rice production systems. This mission (solving farmer constraints with deep research On-Farm) has taken place through collaborations with both advanced research institutes and national partners around the rice-growing areas through the participation of farmers in the improvement of new cultivars, monitoring the distribution coefficient of newly introduced rice variety in the pioneer farmers’ farm by multi-discipline researchers and continues monitoring of farmer’s needs. To achieve these missions, the Rice Research Institute of Iran has prepared several monitoring multi-discipline teams.
Dr. Hossieni, director-general of Rice Research Institute of Iran (RRII) by announcing the new strategies of the RRII said: Through the joint cooperation of this institute and agricultural jihad organizations, with the focus on immediate On-Farm monitoring of farmer’s needs, we are on rice paddy fields across the country, daily.
She also added that the Rice Research Institute is a nationwide institute that tries to carry out its duties at the national level for each region in the rice-producing provinces with the aim of introducing new rice cultivars and providing agricultural packages, based on a combination of researchers’ knowledge and leading farmer experiences to meet the needs of farmers. Thus, the institute’s field efforts during the last three years relied on the field of monitoring the new released cultivars distribution, extension- research projects, monitoring pilot farms throughout the country, pilot farms of soil and plant nutrition in Guilan and Mazandaran provinces, and rice production assistants’ plans. The achievements of these activities brilliantly affected the rice grain yield and quality in all regions.
Dr. Hossieni also added that we strongly believe in this On-Farm work and until now more than 100 researchers team in different disciplines weekly gone to farmer fields. She expressed hope that the Rice Research Institute will continue to work hard and persevere with farmers this year and next year, same as last year according to the plan. We hope these collaborations bring us more considerable results.