13th May 2013, Patna
Ms. Nancy J. Powell, The US Ambassador to India visited the project experimental site of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), Sabajpura farm at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna.
During the visit, Ms. Powell interacted with scientists from CSISA and ICAR, Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) of State Agriculture Department, women farmers of Muzaffarpur and Samastipur districts and service providers from Bhojpur and Buxar districts of Bihar. She got feedback on Conservation Agriculture (CA) technologies, crop productivity, decision making abilities of women in adopting the CA practices, and to what extent the female farmers are making use of mobile services as a source of information and communication in the field of agriculture.
Earlier, Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region welcomed the dignitaries and presented a brief note on scenario of eastern region and the activities of the institute, while Dr. R. K. Malik, Coordinator, CSISA Bihar Hub informed the gathering about the activities and experiments being done under the project.
The CSISA project is jointly funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve cereal production in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha through improved cropping systems, better management of natural resources, development of crop varieties and hybrids, and increased public and private investments in markets.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna)