17) ICRISAT to help grow more legumes in the Philippines (21 July 2004)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad, India has initiated a new project with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (PCARRD) to enhance the adoption of ICRISAT-bred peanut, chickpea and pigeonpea varieties and production technologies in the Philippines.

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, this project will strengthen ICRISAT ' s existing collaboration with the Philippines Government to improve productivity of the crops that are useful to the poor farmers of the country. The project will enable ICRISAT to work with a consortium of agricultural research institutions in the Philippines.

This project is a part of the cooperation between ICRISAT and the Philippine Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research, to improve legume production in the Philippines. The two-year project will utilize the attributed grant of $50,000 from the Philippine Government to ICRISAT for the development of agriculture in the country.

The project aims at enhancing the adoption of ICRISAT-bred peanut, chickpea and pigeonpea; introduction of improved production technologies; and development of a database on the varieties and technologies.

In addition to serving as the coordinating agency for the project, ICRISAT will provide the seeds of improved varieties and relevant technologies, technical advice and backstopping, and training for project staff.

PCARRD will provide institutional support for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It will also be the executing agency for the project. The third principal collaborating agency, the Philippine Agriculture and Resource Research Foundation Inc. will provide the administrative support for the project.

A consortium of Philippine institutions will also work on the project. They are: the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, the Ilocos Integrated Agricultural Research Center, the Mariano Marcos State University, the Isabela State University, the Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Research, the Pampanga Agricultural College, the Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center and the Central Luzon State University.

For further information, contact Dr CLL Gowda at c(dot)gowda(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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