India’s most senior agricultural research leader, Dr Subanna Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), presented a seminar on the country’s research priorities at CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra on Wednesday 18 January 2011.
Dr Ayyappan is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), which has arranged his short visit to Australia. ICAR and ACIAR have a long standing partnership which has produced successful outcomes in areas such as wheat rust resistance, dairy animal nutrition and conservation agriculture.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is the apex body for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences. The system covers nearly 97 institutes and 47 agricultural universities, and 569 front-line agricultural extension centres known as Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Established in 1929, ICAR played a pioneering role in ushering in the Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture through its research and technology development. This helped enable India to increase the production of food grains by 4 times, horticultural crops by 6 times, fish by 9 times (marine 5 times and inland 17 times), milk 6 times and eggs 27 times since 1950-51.
A well known fisheries and aquaculture scientist, Dr Ayyappan has contributed immensely to the development of fisheries in India, and made significant contributions to administration and research management. He was previously ICAR’s Deputy Director General of Fisheries (2002-9), headed two ICAR institutions, and was founding Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (2006-2008). Dr Ayyappan has represented India in several important international fora, including the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific and the World Fish Center, amongst many others.
During his visit to Australia, Dr Ayyappan will meet with senior research managers at ACIAR, CSIRO, and the University of Sydney, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb. A copy of Dr Ayyappan’s presentation is attached below.