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 MoU will focus on empowering local farming communities of FPOs by increasing business and trade opportunities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh

ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Flipkart India Private Limited to enable market access for FPOs and SHGs by procuring quality produce directly from the farmers. 

Dr C. V. Ratnavathi, Director, ICAR-IIMR and Giridhar Perab, Associate Director, Flipkart, Shri Girish Nair, South Zone Head, Flipkart, Dr Srinivas Babu and Dr Sangappa, Scientists of ICAR-IIMR participated in MOU agreement signing.

Through this partnership both the parties will focus on empowering local farming communities of FPOs by increasing business and trade inclusion opportunities for small and marginal farmers of FPOs in four states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh) where ICAR-IIMR is acting as CBBO. It will create a shared value for all stakeholders and provide better marketing linkages, remunerative prices to small and marginal farmers of FPOs.

ICAR-IIMR in collaboration with Flipkart aims to enable market access to FPOs, by engaging small and marginal farmers with groceries private label business for sourcing requirements and training, capacity building initiatives of FPOs. This shall help, assist and develop, provide knowledge and understanding in regard to quality of produce, quantity, documentation, pricing and licenses requirements and aspects to be part of the ecosystem for the small, marginal farmers of FPOs.

ICAR-IIMR will support Flipkart’s engagement with the FPOs, by providing infrastructure support for training and capacity building activities in the implementation and engagement of the program with their available resources.

 MoU will focus on empowering local farming

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2022 were presented across 30+ categories including sectoral, growth-based and special award categories.

Hyderabad based Coromandel International Limited, India’s leading Agri solutions provider in the business of Fertilisers, Crop Protection, Bio Pesticides, Specialty Nutrients, Organic Fertilizer and Retail, has been recognised as the Top Performer in the fertilisers segment by the jury of Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2022. Coromandel is also part of Dun & Bradstreet’s list of India’s Top 500 companies.

Sameer Goel, Managing Director, Coromandel International Limited received the prestigious award on behalf of the company at the hands of Avinash Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet.

Speaking on the achievement, Sameer Goel said, “We are delighted to be featured amongst the top performing corporates by Dun & Bradstreet. This is a recognition of our continuous efforts towards improving the shareholders’ value and conducting operations in a sustainable manner. Our Corporate Governance practices are based on transparency and accountability. We are committed towards farmers welfare and with our diversified presence across the agri value chain, we continuously engage with the farmers in developing novel agriculture solutions and integrated farming practices to maximise farm productivity. Our factories operate well within the Environmental norms and we have established a bird sanctuary in 350 acres at our Kakinada plant which has been recognised by UNDP. We are pioneers in ESG in our sector and will continue to strengthen the same.”

For more than a decade now, the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards have been commemorating the outstanding performers among Indian Corporates. The Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2022 were presented across 30+ categories including sectoral, growth-based and special award categories. Only companies forming part of the Dun & Bradstreet ‘India’s Top 500 Companies’ publication in 2022 were in contention for these Awards.

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2022

 The webinar was organised as part of global efforts to mainstream climate action and sustainable practices.

To develop actions to mitigate climate change-induced risks in agriculture, a panel of experts shared their global experiences and reflected on the required policies and alliances towards building climate-resilient and sustainable agri-food systems at a webinar organized by the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad and ICRISAT.

The webinar on “Policies and Development Actions for Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture” was organized as part of global efforts to mainstream climate action and sustainable practices.The webinar was a part of a series of events that the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad plans to deliver over the next few months in the post-United Nations Climate Change Conference (CoP26) context focusing on specific outcomes from the summit.

Although multiple local and global stakeholders are increasingly working towards building resilience in agri-food systems, experts shared how current adaptation efforts to address this challenge from a systems perspective are not unified or well-integrated into development plans and actions.

Steering the discussion, Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT, expressed the need to strengthen research policy links and shape coherent local-to-national level agricultural and climate decision-making and policies.

“Strengthened local and national stakeholder networks and capacity on climate action would be key to shaping and expanding risk-informed agricultural development in a changing climate and shift trajectories towards economic, environmental and social goals,” said Dr Hughes.

Elaborating on how the United Kingdom is transforming its agriculture sector to make it more climate-smart, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad, Dr Andrew Fleming shared how the nation has sought advice from the Climate Change Committee, an independent, statutory body. ​

Dr Fleming further spoke on ways to strengthen UK-India collaboration to develop cutting-edge technology to build a green, resilient, prosperous future for both nations.

Citing the impact of climate change on crops, Dr Shalander Kumar, Deputy Global Research Program Director, ICRISAT, India, spoke on how climate change also impacts the nutritional quality of crops.

Other panelists Dr Rengalakshmi, Director, Eco-technology, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and Dr Sabine Homann – Kee Tui, Senior Scientist, Enabling Systems Transformation, ICRISAT, Malawi agreed that there is an urgent need to transform agri-food systems for a new climate reality that exists across multiple scales (local, regional and global), by involving multiple stakeholders and sectors. A total of 95 viewers participated in the webinar.

In his closing remarks, Dr Arvind Kumar, Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT, emphasized that linking research practices and policy will be the key to effectively addressing climate change impacts.

 The webinar was organised as part of

The MoA is aimed at supporting the start-ups in the agriculture and allied sector for organising the co-events, co-incubation

The a-IDEA, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad has signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with 10 ICAR Institutes in Hyderabad.

The ICAR’s 10 institutes included ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru; ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata; ICAR-NIPB, New Delhi; ICAR-DWR, Jabalpur; ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi; ICAR-NRC on Camel, Bikaner; ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand; ICAR-Research Complex for North-Eastern Hill Region, Umiam, Meghalaya; ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad and ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

The MoA is aimed at supporting the start-ups in the agriculture and allied sector for organising the co-events, co-incubation, value-added services, extending lab facilities and co-networking, etc.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) highlighted the importance of leadership development and the way forward for enhancing the institutional performance.

Dr Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad underlined the a-IDEA activities and its support to the Start-Ups ecosystem. Dr G Venkateshwarlu, Joint Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad highlighted that the MoA provides overarching framework for the collaboration in the various Project activities like technical mentoring and providing lab facilities for the Incubates, etc., on mutual interest.

Dr Senthil Vinayagam, CEO, a-IDEA, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad was also present during the occasion.

The MoA is aimed at supporting the

The seminar registered participation by more than 500 participants

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad in collaboration with the Karnataka Agri-Professionals Association (KAPA) recently organised a National Seminar-cum-Webinar on ‘Climate Change Concerns: Challenges for Agriculture Sector and Food & Nutrition Security.’

Dr Jaqueline Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana delivered the Keynote Address and Dr CL Laxmipathi Gowda, Former Deputy Director General, ICRISAT chaired the inauguration session.
Dr Ramesh Kalghatagi, President, KAPA outlined the functioning of the KAPA.

Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, Maharashtra delivered the valedictory address on “Emerging Technologies and Innovations for Addressing Climate Change in Agriculture”.

Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Dr Vilas A. Tonapi, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad underlined the main objective of the National Seminar-cum-Webinar.
The seminar registered participation by more than 500 participants from ICAR Institutes, ICRISAT, state agricultural universities and private sector companies from all over the country.

The seminar registered participation by more than

Naidu stressed, the sectors need innovations and use of frontier technologies which can be disseminated through the agri-business professionals

The 4th Graduation Ceremony of Post-Graduate Diploma in Management-Agri Business Management (PGDM-ABM) Programme of ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad was recently held.

M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India warded the degrees to 144 students from four batches of the Institute. One student from each batch was also awarded with the Director’s Medal for their Outstanding Overall Performances and Gold Medal for their Best Academic Performances by the Vice-President of India. He also accentuated the country could become Aatma Nirbhar only when the agriculture sector continues to grow in the future as well. Naidu stressed, the sectors need innovations and use of frontier technologies which can be disseminated through the agri-business professionals.

The Guest of Honour, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) commended the PGDM-ABM Programme of the Academy which not only achieved 100 per cent placement; but, also provided the quality manpower to the agri-business industry and start-ups. The academy’s contributions of capacity building of the NARS and Think-Tank Research Policy Development in Agriculture and Food Systems for the country were applauded by the Director General.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad underlined the institute’s overall achievements of skill development, education programmes, placement activities, international training and policy development covering all the sub-sectors of agriculture.

Naidu stressed, the sectors need innovations and

Discussions were held on the role of poultry industry and its contributions to the national economy.

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad recently organised a national seminar on ‘Revisiting Poultry Production and Marketing Systems for Addressing the Fast Changing Consumer Preferences’ in Hyderabad. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Indian Poultry Science Association, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chapter.

The Chief Guest, Dr G Ranjith Reddy, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Chevella Constituency, Telangana urged that the deliberations should focus on highlighting the health benefits of egg and chicken meat. He urged the industry to stay strong in the marketing, publicising and advertising their products. Dr Reddy also encouraged the young veterinary graduates for venturing into the poultry sector that has a lot of opportunities.

The Guest of Honor, Dr V Ravinder Reddy, Vice Chancellor, PV Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, Hyderabad emphasised on the need for supporting the poultry farmers by providing the feed ingredients on time at a reasonable cost.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr RN Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad underlined the role of poultry industry and its contributions to the national economy.

The scientists from ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad along with officials, staff and students from the veterinary university, poultry entrepreneurs and industry representatives from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; officials from the Animal Husbandry Department and Members of IPSA-Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh Chapter participated in the seminar.

Discussions were held on the role of

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad organises the seminar

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad recently organised a National Seminar on ‘Revisiting Poultry Production and Marketing Systems for Addressing the Fast-Changing Consumer Preferences’ in Hyderabad. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Indian Poultry Science Association, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chapter.

The Chief Guest, Dr G Ranjith Reddy, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Chevella Constituency, Telangana urged that the deliberations should focus on highlighting the health benefits of egg and chicken meat. He urged the industry to stay strong in marketing, publicising and advertising the products. Dr Reddy also encouraged the Young Veterinary Graduates for venturing into the poultry sector which has a lot of opportunities.

The Guest of Honor, Dr V Ravinder Reddy, Vice Chancellor, PV Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, Hyderabad emphasised on the need for supporting the poultry farmers by providing the feed ingredients on time at a reasonable cost.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr RN. Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad underlined the role of the poultry industry and its contributions to the national economy.

The scientists from ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad along with officials, staff & students from the veterinary university, poultry entrepreneurs and industry representatives from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; Officials from the Animal Husbandry Department and Members of IPSA-Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh Chapter participated in the seminar.

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad organises

Discussions were held on the popularisation and adoption of various varieties of rice crops

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad recently organised the ’57th Annual Rice Group Meeting’.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) stressed on the importance of developing the multi-stress tolerant varieties. Popularisation and adoption of the varieties that have been released over the years and to develop and release the varieties only after the thorough evaluation of the markets and consumer’s preferences was emphasized by the Director General. Dr Mohapatra also urged for documenting the extent of the varietal spread on actual basis and discouraging the calculations of the varietal spread based on the breeder’s seed indent.

Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR highlighted the importance of using the modern, cutting-edge technologies including IoT, Genomics and Precision Agriculture in developing the varieties with the high productivity and suitable for the different ecosystems and suited to a rapidly changing climate.

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr RK Singh, ADG (FFC), ICAR regarded the Rice as one of the most important crops of the country with largest area and production. Improving the production and productivity of Rice in addressing the issues of malnutrition and food security of the nation were also stressed by Dr Singh.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr RM Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad briefed about the research highlights of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Rice. Dr Sundaram also outlined the release of 6 varieties, viz., DRR Dhan 57, 58, 59, 60, 62 and 63 by the ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad through the AICRP on Rice System in 2021.
Dr. Padmini Swain, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Odisha highlighted the importance of the AICRP on Rice Testing System and conduct of trials in two Zones (III and IV).

About 500 delegates from India and the other countries participated in the programme.

Discussions were held on the popularisation and

Discussions were held on the importance of the improved shelf-life, enhanced safety and regulatory compliance to meet the stakeholders’ requirements

The ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jubilant Food Works, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Devendra Yadav, Vice-President & Head, Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory and Rakesh Kumar Gupta, DGM, Quality & Food Safety, Jubilant Food Works signed the MoU on the behalf of their respective organisations.

Dr SB Barbuddhe, Director, ICAR-NRC on Meat, Hyderabad underlined the importance of the improved shelf-life, enhanced safety and regulatory compliance to meet the stakeholders’ requirements.

The project is aimed to assess the existing Jubilant Chicken supply chain, developing packaging and processing interventions to increase the shelf-life of fresh and cooked chicken meat and benchmarking against regulatory standards.

The MoU is aimed at conducting the Contract Research “Studies on Extended Shelf Life of Chicken and Enhancing Post Cooking Quality and Safety”.

Discussions were held on the importance of

Also signs MoU with Sresta Natural Bioproducts and Wevio Global

Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has recently entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad. G Narendra Kumar, Director General, NIRDPR, and Dr S Sudheer Kumar, Registrar, PJTSAU have executed the MoU papers in the presence of the PJTSAU, Vice Chancellor, Dr V Praveen Rao, at the programme organised at Agrihub, in the university campus. Several officers from the NIRDPR and University officers of the PJTSAU were present in the programme.

In another development, another MoU was signed with Sresta Natural Bioproducts and Wevio Global by the registrar of the university S Sudheer Kumar and Managing Director of Sresta Natural Bioproducts S Rajasekhar Reddy and Director of Wevio Global Y Madhusudhana Rao in the presence of Vice-Chancellor V Praveen Rao.

The university and Sresta Natural would work together on research, training, innovation and training of students in organic and natural agricultural products. Similarly, the pact with Wevio Global would help the university to work on awareness about farm mechanisation for small and marginal farmers.

Also signs MoU with Sresta Natural Bioproducts

The weather station will aid farmers in managing pests and various diseases

The new Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Department of Plant Pathology, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad established under the DST-ICRISAT collaborative Project on Centre of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection: Pest and Disease Management has opened.

Dr RM Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad and Dr Mamta Sharma, Project Coordinator, Deputy Regional Director-Asia, ICRISAT, Hyderabad inaugurated the Station.

Dr MS Prasad, Head, Plant Pathology, ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad underlined the project. Dr V Prakasam, Principal Investigator underlined the 12 Soil and Atmospheric Weather Parameters recorded in the AWS.

The weather station will aid farmers in

An MoU was signed with Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, a Pig Farmers’ Organisation

The ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad recently organised an interactive meeting on ‘Pig Production and Processing Technology for Entrepreneurship Development – A way forward for Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ at College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Central Agricultural University, Aizawl, Mizoram.

The meet was organised in collaboration with the Department of Livestock Products Technology, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Aizawl, Mizoram as part of the activities under the North-Eastern Region Component.

Dr SB Barbuddhe, Director, ICAR-NRC on Meat, Hyderabad highlighted the importance of the meat sector in the North-Eastern Hills Region.
Dr FA Ahmed, Dean, College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Aizwal, Mizoram applauded the ICAR-NRC on Meat’s initiatives for supporting the different entrepreneurship promotion activities under the NEH component.

The centre also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, a Pig Farmers’ Organisation for the establishment of the slaughterhouse and value-addition of pork at Aizawl.

An MoU was signed with Bharatiya Kisan