At a meeting on enhancing food and nutritional security in South Asia and China, Dr Rai said: “We will make use of ICARDA’s huge collection of germplasm of lentils (masoor dal), chickpeas (gram) and grasspea (Kulthi).”
Besides pulses, it will also focus on wheat, barley and livestock too, he said, adding India will share the research knowledge with ICARDA under the recently launched South Asia and China Programme.
“India grows pulses in about 22.5 million hectare and 80 per cent is in dry areas. There is an immense potential to increase masoor dal output in Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal,” pulses expert Mr Masood Ali said.
The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based in Aleppo, Syria has recently established its South Asia Regional Program in New Delhi, India to strengthen our collaborative research in the region. This newly established ICARDA Centre is organizing its first Regional Coordination Meeting for South Asia & China during 12-14 December 2009 at NASC Complex, New Delhi
Scientists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and ICARDA H. Q, Syria would deliberate for the coming two days on various aspects and develop programme in networking-mode for future implementation.