ICRISAT signs MOU with New Zealand's Crop and Food Research

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Hyderabad, Jan 30 (UNI) The Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Crops (ICRISAT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Crop and Food Research, a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand, mutually benefitting India and New Zealand in crop science research.

The MoU, which was signed earlier by ICRISAT Director General William Dar and was carried to New Zealand by the joint ICRISAT-Government of Andhra Pradesh delegation, was countersigned by Crop and Food Research CEO Mark Ward in Lincoln, New Zealand, recently.

In a release here, Dr Dar said the collaboration will strengthen the partnership between ICRISAT and New Zealand's national research institutes, and leverage mutual strengths in agriculture and food science research.

Both organisations will work together to develop the proposed Bio Food Knowledge Centre (BFKC) at the Agri-Science Park within ICRISAT. Early discussions have identified many opportunities to leverage New Zealand's world class agri science for the benefit of progressing ICRISAT's mission and goals and significantly accelerating the commissioning of the BFKC, the release added.

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