Friday, October 1, 2010

Mozambique President visited IARI to decode the secrets of Green Revolution

H. E. Mr. Armando Guebuza. The President of Mozambique visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi on 1st October 2010. The purpose of his visit was to know about the success of Indian Green revolution and India’s present efforts for the evergreen revolution, as the major problem of Mozambique is poverty, low agricultural productivity and dependence on food import.

The agro-climatic and social conditions are similar in both the countries. The visiting delegation was received by Dr. H.S. Gupta, IARI, Director along with senior officials of the institute. Dr. Gupta has shared the major accomplishments of institute and the present agriculture scenario in the country. The visiting Mozambique President Armando Guebuza and delegation members were highly impressed with Institute‘s achievements.

They desired that their students should be provided an opportunity for higher education and their senior researchers should be provided training in the important areas in agricultural research.

Dr. H.S Gupta agreed for the same and emphasized that higher education in agricultural is very high standard with on-hand on training cheaper as compared to other countries. Dr. Gupta also briefed the delegation about the ways for solving their food and nutrition problem. The country should identify few food crops like rice, wheat, maize and high yielding varieties of these crops from similar agro-climatic can be introduced.

The high yielding varieties should be identified their full package, which include water management, Integrated plant nutrient Management, Integrated pest management, post harvest Management, should be worked out. He emphasized the cultivation of yellow maize, which has high vitamin A content. The delegation was also shown the Institute museum depicting IARI technologies and products. Both the side agreed for active collaboration in higher education, research training and transfer of Agricultural technology.

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