In an effort to understand the technological and research advancement in agriculture sector in India, delegates from 45 African countries visited ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi during the ongoing India – Africa Forum Summit.
Addressing the African delegates, Dr. T Mohapatra, Director, IARI, highlighted the major achievements of Indian farming sector and the role of IARI in creating success stories and its role in bringing green revolution in the late 60s in India.
Dr. Mohapatra, briefed about the various recent initiatives in agricultural research, education and extension for sustainable food security and livelihood security of farmers. He elaborated on international linkages and partnerships, especially with African countries, for capacity building of students, scientists and farmers and agriculture countries. He specifically mentioned details of India-Africa Fellowship scheme under which scholarships are offered to pursue Master’s and PhD programmes.
Dr. Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), gave a presentation on the notable achievements, current status and challenges of Indian agriculture for maintaining food security in 2050. He stressed on the research programmes for developing climate smart agriculture and drought proofing of farming system including livestock and fisheries. He elaborated on specific areas where India and African countries can partner for agricultural growth and development.
The delegates visited farms and laboratories of IARI to have a glimpse of research in frontier areas of agriculture and also appreciated hi-tech green house production of vegetables.