Icrisat Agribiz Fair Attracts 300 Entrepreneurs
By Express News Service | Published: 18th January 2014 10:14 AM |
The one-day Agribusiness Fair organised by the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) proved to be a major success, with more than 300 agribusiness innovators and entrepreneurs attending the event.
Held on Friday at the ICRISAT headquarters in Patancheru near Hyderabad, the activity gave participating agribusiness ventures the chance to explore numerous opportunities within the sector and avail of the services of ICRISAT’s Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) programme in technology upscaling and commercialisation.
“ICRISAT nurtures a research for development paradigm, now guided by a strategic framework called Inclusive Market-oriented Development (IMOD). We have been reinventing ourselves for the past 41 years to efficiently and effectively serve the interests of farmers in 55 semi-arid countries across Asia and sub-saharan Africa,” said Dr William Dar, ICRISAT director general, in his inaugural address.
“Our mission is to make smallholder farmers in the drylands prosperous, not just self-sufficient, ” he said.