|Historians believe that while the indica variety of rice was first domesticated in the area covering the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas (i.e. north-eastern India), stretching through Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Southern China, the japonica variety was domesticated from wild rice in southern China which was introduced to India before the time of the Greeks. Chinese records of rice cultivation go back 4000 years.|
|It is said that ‘sociology’ is the present history and ‘History is past sociology’. Whether sociology or history, it goes without saying that “rice is life”. Let us explore the History and evolution of rice through a series of RLOs!|
As a first step towards enabling the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research is developing national level agricultural knowledge management portals. The flagship initiative for this is development of an exclusive portal on rice viz., Rice Knowledge Management Portal.