Hyderabad, Aug 8 (UNI) Mr Sanjay Agarwal, currently Chairman of the Government of India Committee on Minimum Support Price, has joined ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) as a new Deputy General Director.
ICRISAT’s Director General, Dr. Jacqueline Hughes, officially welcomed Mr. Agarwal who starts today as Deputy Director General, the institute said in a statement on Monday.
While serving as Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, the new Deputy DG also served as an ex-officio member of the ICRISAT Board of Trustees from 2018 to 2022.
He will be based in New Delhi and will lead country relations and trade affairs and have a broader portfolio of activities to support ICRISAT globally,” said Dr Hughes.
“I consider it a privilege to be part of ICRISAT as it ventures into new territories to improve dryland agrifood systems.
I look forward to contributing to its vision and mission as an autonomous international non-profit organization and to strengthening its identity as a global leader in dryland agriculture,” Mr. Agarwal said.
The management of ICRISAT warmly welcomed this appointment and recognized his immense contribution not only to the Institute, but also for his instrumental role in realizing the National Year of Millet India 2018 – a decision that helped that 2023 be designated as the International Year of Millet in 2023 by the United Nations.
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from 1984 from Uttar Pradesh cadre, Mr. Agarwal has over 37 years of experience in public administration and policy, particularly in the areas of women and children’s development, rural cooperatives, handicrafts/textiles, agricultural research, infrastructure, extension and education in various capacities with the UP government and the central government.
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