6) Bringing Technology to Farmers' Doorsteps: ANGRAU VC Commends ICRISAT Leadership (September 2001)

Praising ICRISAT's new leadership's efforts to reach out directly to farmers, Dr IV Subba Rao, Vice Chancellor of the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), said, “ICRISAT scientists are taking research to farmers' doorsteps.”

Dr Rao pointed out this new development to hundreds of farmers from Andhra Pradesh who were visiting ICRISAT on the occasion of the Andhra Pradesh-ICRISAT Farmers' Day on 28 September 2001. The Andhra Pradesh-ICRISAT Farmers' Day is part of a 3-day event dedicated to farmers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The Farmers' Day is being organized in partnership with each of these three states.

In his address to the farmers, Dr Rao emphasized that ICRISAT focuses on the semi-arid tropics of the world and not on India alone. He also raised the issue of the seed shortage that farmers are facing and urged all research partners to work together to solve the problem.

Welcoming the farmers, ICRISAT Director General Dr William Dar, explained ICRISAT's mission to usher in the Green Revolution in the semi-arid tropics, which is home to millions of smallholder farmers. “There is wide margin for improving agriculture through research, so that small farmers can have improved livelihoods,” he stated.

Dr. Dar thanked the Government of Andhra Pradesh as well as partners from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for their strong support to ICRISAT.

Over 700 farmers attended the Andhra Pradesh-ICRISAT Farmers' Day and had a first-hand view of ICRISAT's technologies on seed improvement and land and water management.

Farmers also saw products of partner seed companies who had been invited to put up stalls at ICRISAT. At the end of the program, seeds of improved varieties developed by ICRISAT and its partners were distributed to farmers.

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