About Us

During the 3rd Five Year Plan, the Govt. of India established Regional Extension Unit for extension of latest Production Technology of Rice Crop in the country. The Regional Extension Unit for the Rice was initially established at Hyderabad in the Directorate of Oil Seeds Development. In 1969, as per the decision of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, the Regional Extension Unit was converted as Directorate of Rice Development on 1st Jan 1970 with its HQ at Patna. The Office of Regional Extension Unit at Hyderabad was made sub-office of this new Directorate at Patna and continued to function up to 31-3-1996. The Commodity Development Directorates including the Directorate of Rice Development were recognized vide Ministry of Agriculture letter no. 36-8/86/CA.III dated 21-6-1995.

After the reorganization of all the Commodity Development Directorates, uniform staffing pattern was adopted and also the function of these Directorates was modified keeping in view the latest crop production technology.


Functions and Responsibilities  

The responsibilities of Directorate of Rice Development are listed below :

To assist the Dept. of Agriculture & Co-Operation to plan, to co-ordinate and to monitor the Rice Crop Development Programmes at the national level and recommend measures to improve Rice Production.
To assist the states/union territories to plan, formulate and implement the Rice Development Programmes to increase production and productivity.
To interact with national and state institutions in planning the production of rice seeds.
To liaise with State Agricultural Universities and ICAR Research Institutions for organizing Training Courses on improved Cereal Crops Production Technologies.
To have closer interaction/co-ordination with the Directorate of Rice Research, Central Rice Research Institute and other Regional Research Centres of ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.
To keep in touch with research development activities of Agricultural Universities and other National and ICAR organizations and maintain the flow of information and ideas between research and development.
To provide technical support to the Extension Units of the state departments of agriculture and special orientation training programme on rice production technology.
To participate in the meetings of the Rice Workshops organized by ICAR and also Kharif and Rabi Conference organized by the State Dept. of Agriculture.
To watch the performance of newly evolved/released rice varieties.
To monitor and report to the Ministry of Agriculture about the Area Coverage, Production, Productivity and Weather Conditions during Kharif and Rabi on a weekly basis.
To report regularly to the Dept. of Agriculture & Co-operation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends.
To build-up relevant records and data for the rice crop at the district, state and the national level.
To monitor the distribution and utilization of the funds for Rice Seed Mini-Kit Demonstration Programme in different rice growing areas in the country.
To organize the National Seminar on Rice Production Management every year.
To monitor all crops in the assigned states, mainly - Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa - and submit the weekly reports regarding crop, weather conditions and the coverage area.

Contact Address  

Please write to us at this address:


Directorate of Rice Development,

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare,

(Dept. of Agriculture, Co-operation & Farmer Welfare)

5th Floor, 'G' Wing, Karpuri Thakur Sadan,

Kendriya Karmachari Parisar (GPOA),

Ashiana Digha Road, Patna - 800 025 (Bihar).

Tel: 0612-2565720, 2565843.

E-Mail: drdpatnanic.in

Staff Strength  


        As on 01/08/2023
SL Designation Name Group Sanctioned




1. Director Dr. Man Singh A 1 1 0
2. Joint Director Dr. Sukumar Mandi A 1 1 0
3. Assistant Director Dr. Arvind Kumar B(G) 1 1 0
4. Senior Technical Assistant


B(NG) 3 0 3
5. Statistical Investigator (Dying Cadre) B(NG) 1 0 1
6. Accountant* Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh
(Posted by Ministry)
B(NG) 0 0 0
7. Junior Hindi Translator (Vacant) B(NG) 1 0 1
8. Stenographer Grade-II**

Shri Sajid Ahmed Usta

(Posted by Ministry)

C 1 1 0
9. Upper Division Clerk* Shri Jai Kishor Kumar

Smt Shrooti Kumari
Smt Rashmi Kumari

(Posted by Ministry)

C 2 2 0
10. Lower Division Clerk Shri Mahesh Kumar
Shri Ranjan Kumar
Shri Prem Kumar Mishra
C 4 3 1
11. Multi Tasking Staff

Shri Ashok Kr Choudhary
Shri Rakesh Kumar

C 4 2 2
    Total   19 11 8


* Posted at DJD Kolkata, but working in DRD, Patna.
** Posted at DRD, Patna but working in DMD, Jaipur.