Mr Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India, who took on the mantle from Dr SK Pattanayak, is the current ex-officio member of the ICRISAT Governing Board.
At a brief meeting in Delhi, Mr Agarwal assured his total support to ICRISAT and appreciated its research activities. ICRISAT’s leadership comprising of Drs Peter Carberry, Director General (Acting) and Arabinda Padhee, Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs, welcomed him and reiterated their commitment to agricultural research in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
At the recently-concluded ICRISAT Board meeting, Dr Pattanayak was given a warm farewell on his retirement and was lauded for being instrumental in 2018 being designated as the ‘National Year of Millets’.
ICRISAT’s leadership acknowledged his immense contribution, calling him an ‘incredible supporter’ and a great friend of ICRISAT.