In mid-altitude of the North Eastern Hill (NEH) region of India, a second crop of rice following the harvest of main kharif (July to mid-November) rice is not possible due to early onset of low temperature (

The North Eastern Region of India has a total geographical area of 26.23 million hectares with a population of 39.08 million. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people. Crop production in this region is carried out under diverse slopes and altitudes having different agro-climatic conditions.