Dr. Ritesh Sharma
Dr Ritesh Sharma, is serving as Principal Scientist & In-Charge in Basmati Export Development Foundation . He is involved in Maintenance Breeding, Purification of seeds of Basmati varieties through Breeder and Foundation Seed Production, Maintenance of germplasm for DNA and Quality testing database, various research activities on different aspects of production technology including organic farming. Developed several new technologies including Pata Practice and Basmati Paddy Thresher (Applied for Patent). He is actively involved in providing extension services to the farmers of all basmati growing states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir states. He has organized more than 120 State/National level workshops for farmers, technical officers & exporters on different aspects related to Basmati export and production. He has more than 125 programmes broadcasted on television in different states including Live shows on National TV (Kisan Channel). Dr Sharma developed a full movie (29 minute duration) on Basmati production for the farmers related to production of export quality Basmati rice.Dr Sharma was nominated in “Two Member’s National Committee” for registration of Rice mills for Export of Rice to USA as APEDA representative and he also nominated many times as Member of Variety Identification Committee by DDG ICAR. Dr Sharma delivered several lectures in different International/ National Conferences/ Seminars/ Kisan Mela etc.