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ICRISAT DG honoured by Philippine President

ICRISAT DG honoured by Philippine President
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Dr William D Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquartered here, has been honoured by President of the Philippines Benigno S Aquino III for his efforts to ensure food security to all.

William DarHyderabad: Dr William D Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquartered here, has been honoured by President of the Philippines Benigno S Aquino III for his efforts to ensure food security to all.

Among those honoured include 32 overseas Filipino individuals and organisations who have either improved the lives of Filipinos worldwide, supported development programmes in the country or excelled in their field or profession.

A Philippine national, Dr Dar received a 'Pamana ng Pilipino (Legacy) Award' recently and was cited for “his exemplary leadership in successfully extending the frontiers of science and technology to ensure food security for all, and for his staunch advocacy of the important role of professional horticulturists in this endeavour,” an ICRISAT statement said on Monday.

“It is a humbling experience and I dedicate the award to all Filipino farmers. I look forward to serving them again when I return to the Philippines next year,” said Dr Dar, who concludes an unprecedented 15-year-long term on December 31, 2014, as ICRISAT Director General. ICRISAT has been partnering with the Philippines' Department of Agriculture, through the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), in sharing modern sustainable farming technologies and cultivars of sorghum, peanut, chickpea and pigeonpea to farmers in the country, it added.

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