22) ICRISAT Lead Center for ICAR Project on Natural Resources Management (July 2000)

The collaborative research proposal "Identifying systems for carbon sequestration and increased productivity in semi-arid tropical environments" with ICRISAT as the lead center, recently qualified for implementation under the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) of the Government of India. Dr S P Wani, ICRISAT Senior Scientist, will be the Prinicipal Investigator of the Project.

This Rs 17,948,250 (US$ 417,401) project will last 3 years, and will study how carbon levels can be enhanced in the nutrient-poor soils of the semi-arid tropics, by means of appropriate cropping systems, and other practices such as organic and inorganic fertilizer amendments. "We plan to conduct research with three Cooperating Centers -- Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad; Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Bhopal; and National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP), Nagpur", said Dr Wani, adding that, "ICRISAT will bring to bear its considerable research experience in the area of soil-fertility enhancement".

The Scientific Advisory Panel of the Agroecosystems Directorate (Rainfed Farming), NATP, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) selected this project proposal and sanctioned funding. The project is expected to begin later this year.

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