Thursday, 29 March 2012

Priorities for Indian agricultural development

One of India’s most senior agricultural research leaders presented a seminar on the country’s research priorities in a seminar in Canberra earlier this year.

While the visit was a few months back, the presentation has been in such high demand that another mention wont hurt.
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Dr Subanna Ayyappan is Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in India. The system covers nearly 97 institutes and 47 agricultural universities.

Established in 1929, ICAR played a pioneering role in ushering the Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture in India through its research and technology development. This helped enable India to increase the production of foodgrains by 4 times, horticultural crops by 6 times, fish by 9 times (marine 5 times and inland 17 times), milk 6 times and eggs 27 times since 1950-51, making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. 
A well known scientist, Dr Ayyappan has contributed immensely to the development of fisheries and aquaculture in India, and made significant contributions to administration and research management. He was previously ICAR’s Deputy Director General of Fisheries (2002-2009), headed two ICAR institutions, and was founding Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (2006-2008).

Dr Ayyappan has represented India in several important international fora, including the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), and the World Fish Center, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of theAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research, which arranged the seminar and visit.
The presentation "Challenges and priorities for ICAR in the next decade" was held at CSIRO Plant Industry Lecture Theatre, CSIRO on Wednesday, 18 January 2012.

Alexandra Bagnara, ACIAR Science Communicator
Mandy Gyles, ACIAR Public Affairs Officer

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