HOPE planning meeting for pearl millet in South Asia

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HOPE planning meeting for pearl millet in South Asia

Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Participants of the meeting held at ICRISAT headquarters. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

The Annual Review and Planning Meeting of the ICRISAT-led HOPE project for Pearl Millet (South Asia) was held on 5 June at the ICRISAT headquarters. Thirty participants including NARS partners, representatives from the private sector and ICRISAT scientists attended the meeting.

Dr Vincent Vadez, Assistant Program Director – Research Program on Dryland Cereals, welcomed the participants while Dr SK Gupta, Senior Scientist (Pearl Millet) briefed them about the objectives of the meeting. The session was chaired by Mr G Harinarayana, with NARS partners from Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat presenting progress reports for 2012. Drs N Nagaraj, P Parthasarathy Rao, SK Gupta and Rajan Sharma highlighted the overall reports of various objectives and discussed work plans for 2013. The discussion on work plans for 2013 saw active participation by the private sector.

The session chaired by Dr P Parthasarathy Rao had the group discussing findings of baseline, monitoring and early adoption studies conducted. NARS partners presented their findings for Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat. Both public and private sector partners appreciated the project’s efforts in identifying promising hybrids for marginal environments of India