In the colonial India, when the infamous Bengal famine resulted in the heavy loss of human life, the rulers decided to initiate research on Agriculture and the first agricultural research Institute was started in PUSA, presently at Bihar. The Institute had initiated research primarily on wheat and rice.
Considering the significance of rice as the staple food of the majority of the population, the government implemented research programme exclusively to work on rice by appointing a British Government Economic Botanist, Mr. R. Parnell in 1912 at Paddy Breeding Station at Coimbatore. This officially launched the government sponsored exclusive rice research in India. This centre was later amalgamated with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.
Paddy breeding station is completing 100 years after inception in 1912 which in true sense means 100 years of rice research in India. To commemorate the centenary year in a fitting manner, TNAU is organizing an International symposium on “100 years of Rice Science and Looking Beyond” during January 9-12, 2012 at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
TNAU to celebrate 100 years of paddy breeding in January
Note: Meanwhile farmers have celebrated the centenary year 1911-2011 for SRI method of paddy cultivation in Tamil nadu on Dece 23rd 2011 at Thiruvarur organized by NABARD . ஒற்றைநெல் சாகுபடியின் 100'றாண்டு விழாவை கொண்டாடிய விவசாயிகள் (Farmers Celebrate Centenary year for SRI paddy ) http://www.agriculturetheaxisoftheworld.com/2012/01/farmers-celebrate-centenary-year-for.html