ICRISAT participated in the celebrations of Dr Norman Borlaug’s birth centenary organized by the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII). This ceremony was held on 26 August along with the 13th Iranian Crop Science Congress and 3rd Iranian Seed Science and Technology Conference.
Dr. Pooran Gaur, Assistant Research Program Director – Grain Legumes represented ICRISAT. Several dignitaries including Mr Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Agriculture, Islamic Republic of Iran and Dr Kenneth M Quinn, President of World Food Prize were present. The CGIAR institutes represented included ICRISAT, ICARDA, IRRI and CIMMYT.
At the sixth edition of ‘Agri Tech India 2014’, Mr Aravazhi Selvaraj, Chief Operating Officer, ICRISAT Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), emphasized the crucial role of entrepreneurship and innovations in agriculture. He elaborated on the role of ICRISAT in bringing different stakeholders together to accelerate the development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources, services and technology commercialization through public-private partnership. The event showcased the use of latest technologies in post-harvest management, value addition in food processing, and packaging. It also provided an opportunity for growers, wholesalers, importers, exporters and other stakeholders from various segments of agriculture and allied sectors, to expand and diversify their activities.