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Heat-tolerant maize for Asia showcased at India-US technology summit

December 28, 2014

Under the theme, “Innovation in Agriculture,” updates and products of CIMMYT’s Heat-tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project were displayed at the 20th India-US Technology Summit on 18-19 November in New Delhi. The summit was a high- profile event aimed showcasing the strong partnership and collaboration between India and the USA in science, technology, and innovation.

Ms. Kiranmayi T. explains HTMA products to Government of India officials. Photo: K. Seetharam/CIMMYT

Ms. Kiranmayi T. explains HTMA products to Government of India officials. Photo: K. Seetharam/CIMMYT

The summit was jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the U.S. Department of State, the Indo-U.S. Science Technology Forum, U.S.-India Business Council and USAID. The event provided a unique platform for industries, institutions and government agencies from India and the United States to exchange ideas and showcase their expertise, forge new partnerships to increase trade and investment in the knowledge sector and bring together leaders from government, industry, research, and academia for high-level policy discussions.

HTMA was represented at the summit with a display, which included an informative poster highlighting up-to- date progress and maize cob samples of newly developed, heat-stress-tolerant hybrids.

Dr. P.H. Zaidi discusses the HTMA project with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and USAID-India Officials. Photo: K. Seetharam/ CIMMYT

Dr. P.H. Zaidi discusses the HTMA project with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and USAID-India Officials. Photo: K. Seetharam/ CIMMYT

Charles H. Rivkin, US assistant secretary of state for Economic and Business Affairs, visited HTMA’s display accompanied by USAID- India officials Dr. Srivalli Krishnan, project management specialist (Climate Adaptation), Food Security Office and Dr. Sheila E. Desai, senior science and technology advisor, Centre for Innovations and Partnerships. P.H. Zaidi, HTMA project leader, welcomed the delegates and discussed the main features of the project and progress to date. The visitors were impressed with the hybrid heat-tolerant maize they saw and noted the project’s progress in the past two years. Rivnik asked about the HTMA deployment plan and suggested evaluating heat-tolerant hybrids for use by the poultry industry. Desai commented: “Everyone who saw the poster (and the corn cob exhibit) comparing the heat-stressed and tolerant corn remarked on how impressive it is. You’ve got a winning image with that.”

Many other U.S. officials and representatives of India’s ministries visited the exhibit. Ms. Kiranmayi T. and Dr. K. Seetharam from CIMMYT-Hyderabad attended most of the visitors including students, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, seed companies and the general public.


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