Aerobic Deep rooted riceMay 24, 2007
Arghyam supports Krishi Vigyan Niranatara in the Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra to encourage poor
students to pursue agriculture as a career and especially work on water and sanitation issues . Went
on a field trip with the enthusiastic Harish , the learned entymologists Professors Kumar and Chandru
Chandrashekhar. The students are Manohar and Sridevi doing incredible work I think. Manohar works
for Prof Shashidhar Reddy and the good Prof. is trying to develop a strain of rice which will be deep rooted
drought resistant and consume less than half the water that an average rice crop needs.
generation of the rice was growing before our eyes with an incredible diversity in size, yield et al.
Manohar is excited as he should be. By the end of the sixth generation Prof Shashidhar should have a
breakthrough in getting a rice strain which can be grown in rainfed area, bore well cultivated area
and yield as much as the normal rice. When good people get together the journey is better than the