ICAR- Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi hosts Tomato Day
The Zonal Technology Management Unit of ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (ICAR-IIVR), Varanasi organized “Tomato Day” on 7th January, 2017 to showcase its varieties and hybrids in tomato to the private organizations with aim to percolate these varieties and hybrids on to farmers’ field. The institute is already licensing its promising technologies on non-exclusive basis for further multiplication and sale of materials including parental lines of the hybrids to the private sector in accordance with the guidelines provided by ICAR, New Delhi.
The program was attended by 21 representatives from 11 private seed companies. The participants expressed their keen interest in some of the promising varieties and hybrids particularly Kashi Aman, Kashi Adarsh and Kashi Abhimaan (hybrid). Dr. B. Singh, the Director of the Institute, while interacting with the participants expressed his belief that the program has enriched the Institute with the current market requirements in these crops and has provided an opportunity to the private sector to have hands on promising materials. He assured on working for an effective public-private partnership so that ultimately we can benefit the farmers of the country through commercial, cooperative and public routes by transferring the developed technologies to them.