10) ICRISAT receives the best technology incubator award

The Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr William D Dar, today received the Best Techology Incubator 2005 Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr Dar received the Award for the Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) at ICRISAT, which was adjudged the Best Technology Incubator in the country during 2005.

Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, presented the award to Dr Dar, in the presence of Mr Kapil Sibal, Honorable Minister of Science & Technology and Ocean Development. The award was presented at a function organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, at New Delhi, to celebrate the National Technology Day on 11 May.

The ABI was selected for the award in recognition of the “excellent work done in promoting technology-based ventures in the agri-biotechnology sector.”

According to Dr William Dar, the selection of ABI at ICRISAT for the Best Technology Award is a testimonial to the institute's success in attracting public-private sector partnerships for developing agricultural technologies into successful agri-business ventures. “It has been proved that a strong and dynamic agri-business substantially contributes to growth in agricultural production and employment,” Dr Dar said.

The ABI has been established with financial support from the National Science Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) within the Ministry of Science and Technology. Through the ABI, ICRISAT is promoting several technologies ranging from farm-based to advanced biotechnologies.

The agri-business products and technologies incubated through the ABI are: sweet sorghum for ethanol production; Helicoverpa -resistant transgenic cotton; biofermenter for biopesticide production; drought-resistant groundnut variety ICGV 91114; better-yielding chickpea varieties JG-11 and KAK-2; biopesticide formulations for controlling crop pest; pesticide-free crops and produce through organic farming.

The enterprise partners of ABI include Rusni Distilleries; Bioseed Research India; Seed Works India; Slesser and Tom Electronics; Hyglass and Chemicals; Aakrruthi Agricultural Associates of India; Mekins Biotech; G-Tech Seeds Exports; AG Biotech Research; Agro-Biotech Research; Ecosense; Biotech Internationals; Indore Biotech; Multiplex Biotech; Navayuga; Romvijay; and Nirmal Seeds.

For further information, contact Dr Kiran Sharma at k(dot)Sharma(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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