5) CII and ICRISAT to collaborate on natural resource management

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) organized a workshop on Corporate and science technology institutions partnership for inclusive and sustainable development and economic growth on 27 February.

The workshop, held at the Patancheru headquarters of ICRISAT, is expected to pave the way for collaboration between CII and ICRISAT on natural resource management. Among the earliest collaborative projects being considered is one to improve agriculture for sustainable development through natural resource management in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan.

The Honorable Minister for Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy attended the workshop and spoke at the special session on Public-private partnership for inclusive and sustainable development of backward districts in Andhra Pradesh. In his presentation, he said that the AP Government is very keen on promoting public-private partnership in agriculture.

Inaugurating the workshop, Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, said that as an innovations- and impact-driven organization, ICRISAT is proactively attuned to external changes. ICRISAT's strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors, NGOs, civil society and international bodies are meant to develop novel approaches that aid the transition from traditional production practices to sustainable systems that are more aligned with current markets. ICRISAT's partnerships with the private sector companies have resulted in the Hybrid Parents Research Consortia, the Agri-Science Park, the Agri-Business Incubator and the Biopesticide Research Consortium.

Mr S Sen, Deputy Director General of CII, said that a positive collaboration project between CII and ICRISAT could be at Dungarpur project in Rajasthan, where CII is working to catalyse the development of a backward district through business linkages. Through this initiative, the CII-industry group on Dungarpur is taking up business initiatives, which would lead to overall sustainable development of the district.

Mr SP Tucker, Principal Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh, said that the private sector can contribute to sustainable development in the rural areas by providing decision and management support systems. Effective rural development activities require competent and professional inputs.

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