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Shaik N. Meera

ICAR- Indian Institute of Rice Research
Principal Scientist

Dr. Shaik N.Meera has made outstanding contributions in Indian rice sector with innovative extension methods and practical ICT approaches benefitting rice farmers and extension agencies. He is a member of the Agricultural Research Service in India since 2003, currently working as a Principal Scientist in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). He has extensive work experience in the field of data and knowledge management in agriculture. and application of digital technologies in extension systems. The Rice Knowledge Management Portal developed by him is acclaimed as one of the finest digital applications in agriculture by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2013. He has contributed to the introduction of several new rice varieties/ hybrids/ technologies by coordinating more than 10,000 Frontline Demonstrations in last 9 years, benefitting 28,318 rice farmers directly.


He has received several national and international awards such as Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award of ICAR for te year 2014, INSEE Young Extension Professional 2013, Agriculture Leadership Award 2013, ISEE Young Scientist Award 2008, ISEE Young Scientist Award 2008, SSDAT Distinguished Scientist Award 2014, Golden Jubilee Outstanding Award of IIRR, Hyderabad.


Introduced impact acceleration concepts such as ‘India Rice Check’, ‘Sustainable Livelihoods’, ‘e-learning’ for extension systems’, GIS Technologies for Rice Sector, Refining the Simulation Models, Practical KM models, Participatory approaches (PTD, PVS) etc.,that have directly impacted the data/ information / knowledge flows in rice value chain.


He has published 78 research papers, 26 training manuals and 5 books. Delivered several talks during International and national symposia/ conferences / workshops. Worked as Visiting Researcher at International Rice Research Institute, Philippines during 2012-13.  


Studied M. Sc (Ag) and Ph. D from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi during 1997-2003. Currently he is co chairing the Rice Research Data Interoperability working group of IGAD - FAO.

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