2) Chandrababu Naidu Invites ICRISAT to Develop Jointly with Andhra Pradesh Government a Model to Transfer Agricultural Technologies (December 2000)

Describing ICRISAT as the “most important international research institute in India and i n the region”,
Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Honorable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, urged the Institute to develop an Action Plan with the State Government for boosting agriculture production, especially in Telengana and Rayalseema regions.

“Together, we can develop a successful model that will be replicated in India and around the world,” Mr. Naidu said.  The Chief Minister expressed his keenness for close collaboration during his visit to the Institute on the occasion of the Institute's 28th Anniversary on 7 December 2000.

As a befitting gesture of this new spirit of partnership and in keeping with his image of a leader who believes in the power of technology to transform the world, Mr. Naidu launched the first issue of ICRISAT's millennium electronic newsletter “SATrends” on news about ICRISAT's partnership-based R&D activities in the semi-arid tropics (SAT).

After welcoming warmly Mr. Naidu as the Chief Guest for the Annual Day Function, ICRISAT Director General Dr. William
D. Dar and senior ICRISAT staff, took him on a brief tour of SatVenture – a futuristic museum showcasing ICRISAT's activities.

Dr. Dar thanked the Chief Minister “for all the wonderful support from the state government and other institutions that have helped enormously in our mission.” Dr. Dar gave a few examples of how ICRISAT and the State Government are working together on the ground for the benefit of smallholder farmers. “ICRISAT responded positively to address the groundnut bud necrosis epidemic in Anantapur District and has agreed to provide seeds of resistant varieties.”

Describing the year 2000 as a productive one for ICRISAT, Dr. Dar praised ICRISAT scientists and scientific officers and said, ”We have decided to recognize outstanding contributions of our scientific staff through an annual awards program.”
During the Annual Day function, a commemorative brochure was released by Mr. Naidu and commemorative mementos were distributed to all the dignitaries who graced the occasion, including the State Ministers for Education and Agriculture, the Chief Secretary, and the Rangareddy District Collector. A symbolic presentation of long-service awards was also made to ICRISAT staff.

A colorful and animated cultural program by the ICRISAT staff marked the end of the Annual Day Function. See pictures from the Cultural Program.

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