Till mid-sixties, India was importing food grains to meet its internal demands. In fact, during 1961-65, the country imported 25.4 million tons of food grains through a PL-480 plan. During this deficit period, for quick dissemination of research information’s amongst the rice scientists of the country and abroad, to help increase rice production, the of Rice Research Workers (ARRW) was founded in 1961, under the Presidentship of Dr. R.H. Richharia, the then Director, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack.

The journal of the Association, called Oryza, devoted exclusively to information related to rice, is published quarterly. The journal has wide circulation amongst rice scientists and has gained international reputation with experienced scientists, including international scientist, in its Editorial Board. In addition to the scientific journal the Association also published Technical Bulletins on rice Production Technology for different states. It also publishes the proceedings of the various symposia, organized by the Association.

The Association which started with a few founder members, has grown in size during the last 54 years. Currently, it has 10 patrons, 665 life members, 164 annual members and 50 institutional members from India and abroad.