23) ICRISAT Lauds ANGRAU, CRIDA (June 2000)

"We have a shared vision to help the poor farmers of the semi-arid tropics (SAT) and we are pr oud of the work we are doing with you," said Dr William D Dar, ICRISAT Director General, to Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), and Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA). Both Institutes have been long-time partners in research with ICRISAT. Dr Dar and Dr S P Wani, Coordinator, Watershed Management Program, ICRISAT, visited on 20 June these prestigious agricultural research institutes.

Welcoming Dr Dar, Dr I V Subba Rao, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, said, "We have benefited immensely through the partnership research with ICRISAT in terms of plant materials with improved traits which helped us in release of improved varieties of pigeonpea, chickpea, groundnut, and other crops. We have many collaborative programs in the area of natural resource management, and several ICRISAT scientists are serving as guides and Principal Advisors to Postgraduate students of this University." Dr Dar interacted with the University's senior faculty and officers.

At CRIDA, Director, Dr H P Singh welcomed the visitors, and said, "It is a memorable and lucky day for CRIDA that Dr Dar has taken this initiative to visit this Institute. We hope that this will further strengthen our existing partnership in the area of natural resources management and other areas also."

Dr Dar in his response said, "it is in the interest of ICRISAT to strengthen the linkages with important partners such as CRIDA and other ICAR institutes. There has been outstanding collaboration between CRIDA and ICRISAT, and my visit today gives me an opportunity to highlight our future work with partners like CRIDA. I am very much impressed with the quality and comprehensiveness of the outputs from CRIDA. We are very satisfied with our partnership research but we have to always strengthen our partnerships."

Dr Dar presented the Medium Term Plan of ICRISAT to a large gathering of CRIDA scientists. This was followed by a visit to CRIDA's laboratory facilities, and then to a research farm and Krishi Vignan Kendra, at Hayatnagar. Here, Dr Dar had first-hand knowledge of CRIDA's research in rainwater management, agroforestry, agrihorticultural, and silvipastoral systems. At the KVK, Dr Dar also interacted with women participants of a course on Integrated Pest Management. The Director General appreciated CRIDA's impressive work. He reemphasized the importance of this strategic partnership between CRIDA and ICRISAT, and concluded that "by joining hands we can together fulfill most effectively our shared vision of reducing poverty, increasing the food security, and protecting the environment in the SAT".

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