14) CHIREC Students Get an Insight into ICRISAT (August 2001)

About 50 Class IX students from CHIREC Public School, Hyderabad, accompanied by their teachers, visited ICRISAT at Patancheru on 1 August as part of an educational trip.

Welcoming the group, Mr Eric McGaw, Head, Public Awareness gave them a brief overview of ICRISAT's difficult task of improving agriculture in the semi-arid tropics, especially in view of the current lack of sufficient rainfall in the state.

The group had a tour of SatVenture – a museum that showcases the lives of poor farmers in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa and what ICRISAT does to help them. The students were then given a tour of the experimental fields and laboratories by Deepak Pawar, Manager of Visitors Service.

Appreciating the Institute's mission and work, 14-year-old Aparna exclaimed, "Hats off to the staff particularly the scientists and the brains behind this Institute. We have gained a wealth of information about agriculture."

At the end of their tour, each student received a copy of an ICRISAT comic book for children entitled The Hero of the Sahel, which describes some of the hardy crops that grow in the dry tropics of Africa and ICRISAT's efforts to improve them.

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