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6) DFID (PSP) and ICRISATchr(39)s Rabi Cropping in Rice Fallows, 28 May, 2002

ICRISAT, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, invites you to a Press Conference, at their Patancheru campus at 10.30 am Thursday May 30 2002, to hear firsthand about the outcome of the Workshop on Rabi Cropping in Rice Fallows.

This important international workshop, funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Plant Sciences Research Programme (PSP), will have finalized a plan of action to utilize the potentially rich 14 million hectares of fallow land in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Of the 14 million hectares 11.6 million hectares are located in the northeastern parts of India. Introducing the commercially in-demand chickpea in this vast tract of land could positively influence the socio-economics of the country.
The workshop has brought together the main players in a major project concerning rabi cultivation in rice fallows in South Asia. Dr Dave Harris of DFID-PSP, Dr Shahidur Bhuiyan of USAID, Bangladesh, Dr Shanmugasundaram from the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Dr RK Gupta from the International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), Dr JS Samra, DDG Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Mr AM Musa of PROVA, Bangladesh will address the press about the conclusions of the workshop and about the scope of scaling up the project for another 2½ years.

We would be happy to have a representative of your esteemed publication at the meeting.

For those who would like to use it, group transport has been arranged on Thursday to leave the Press Club in Basheerbagh at 09.15 and the Press Club in Somajiguda at 09.30.

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