BISA PhotoSharad Pawar, the then Minister of Agriculture, Government of India (second from right), inaugurated the international seminar, “Meeting Challenges of Global Wheat Production ‒ A Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug” organized by the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) & Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on November 21, 2009 at New Delhi. It was at this seminar that the idea of establishing an international institute for South Asia in memory of Dr. Borlaug was mooted by Thomas A. Lumpkin, Director General, CIMMYT and found spontaneous acceptance by the then Minister of Agriculture, and Mangla Rai, the then Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR, among others.

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  • A BISA-CIMMYT, CCAFS and Maharashtra Government Initiative

     Farm Implement Distribution- Ghadchiroli, Additionally, to provide real-time agro-advisories, ICT services play important role, particularly in a changing climate pattern when farmers often require crucial advices from experts. To provide weather forecast including extreme events, warning related to pest and disease outbreak, modern technologies, certification, market, insurance, schemes - mobile based ICT service is one of the most effective model. BISA in collaboration with IKSL (IFFCO Kishan Sanchar Ltd.) is rolling out a mobile based ICT service to provide agro-advisories to the enrolled farmers in Gadciroli along with Palghar and Pune districts. The service will be constantly monitored and upgraded as required to fit with the requirements of the all enrolled farmers in the due course. An event was organized on 8th June, 2017 by BISA-CIMMYT and Govt. of Maharashtra in Gadchiroli to distribute farming machineries to promote climate smart agriculture. In a variable climate pattern, new technologies are essential to adapt, ...

  • A BISA-CIMMYT, CCAFS and Maharashtra Government Initiative

    Climate Smart Villages in Maharashtra On June 04, 2017 Shri Vishnu Savara, Hon’ble Minister, Dept. of Tribal Development. Govt. of Maharashtra chaired an event in Jawhar, Palghar Distrct. The event was co-chaired by Shri R. G. Kulkarni, IAS, Commissioner, Dept. of Tribal Development. Govt. of Maharashtra and Dr Arun K Joshi, Director, BISA-CIMMYT. The focus of the event was to promote climate smart agricultural practices. In a variable climate pattern, new technologies are essential to adapt, improve productivity and ensure low emission. The event was organized to distribute agricultural machineries to the tribal farmers in Palghar district of Maharashtra as a part of larger programme entitled “Climate Smart Villages in Maharashtra”. The programme is being implemented by BISA-CIMMYT (Borlaug Institute for South Asia – International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center), CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) and supported by Dept. of Tribal Development, Govt. of Maharashtra. “Quote from Minister” Shri Vishnu Savara ...

  • CIMMYT Emeritus Director General Dr Tom Lumpkin receives prestigious 8th Dr MS Swaminathan Award

    Dr. Tom Lumpkin, former CIMMYT Director General, received 8th ‘MS Swaminathan Award for Leadership in Agriculture’ in a glittering ceremony organised by the ‘Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences’ (TAAS) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), in New Delhi on September 28. This year’s award was a special occasion as the award was given away by Dr Swaminathan himself. The Award is conferred on individuals “who have done outstanding research work in the field of agriculture, animal sciences, and fisheries.” The first award was given in 2005 by the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel laureate who led the development and spread of high-yielding wheat varieties in the developing countries during 1960s and ’70, which culminated in Green Revilution that saved billions of people from starvation. On this occasion, Dr Lumpkin said “I’m humbled and greatly honoured by this award. Swaminathan and Borlaug ...

  • Inauguration of Solar Pump at Ladhowal farm

    Through the assistance of Government of Punjab, solar pump has been set up at BISA’s farm. Water wise technologies are being developed at the farm to reduce water requirement for irrigation purposes.

  • Martin Kropff's visit to the BISA farm at Ladhowal, Ludhiana

    Dr Martin Kropff has visited the BISA farm at Ladhowal on Oct 1, 2015. He was accompanied by CIMMYT Board Chair, Dr John Snape; Former DG CIMMYT, Dr Thomas A. Lumpkin and DDG, CIMMYT Dr Marianne Banziger.