THE Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR) based in New Delhi, is
setting its sights higher. Wanting to
increase the country's present share of
the global agricultural trade from 0.5
per cent to a more respectable 2 per
cent, it has sought the participation of
the private sector as its partner.
The director general of ICAR, R S
Paroda, said on September 27, that the
research establishment was open to private sector participation as "
able players in the public or privaw
tors will have to be partners in can
menting each others' efforts at pro
ting market-oriented agriculture.
private sectors could link with
council in terms of contract
contract service, considtancy, and
ing among others.
Meanwhile, the council has taken
many a new initiative to meet the future
challenges including the setting up open
agricultural research information
System (ARIS), launching of a
agricultural technology project, el
lishment of national research cem
and the DNA finger-printing of the
vailing genetic resources. India An
has the distinction of being the first
country in the world to develop
varieties of crops like cotton, castor
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