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.