BANGLADESH PM HASINA COMMENDED BY CORNELL


BANGLADESH PM HASINA COMMENDED BY CORNELL

The appreciation letter was handed over to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by visiting director of the Cornell University on behalf of its President

Ronnie Coffman, director of International Programs, presented a certificate of commendation to Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in recognition of her contributions in developing Bangladesh’s agriculture sector and attaining greater self-sufficiency in food production.

The citation, signed by David J. Skorton, President of Cornell, said it was given to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her “continuous support for the improvement of Bangladesh agriculture to attain self-sufficiency in food production and her keen interest in promoting science and technology.”

In accepting the certificate on May 20, 2015, in Dhaka,

SHEIKH HASINA RECEIVES ACCOLATIONS FROM CORNELLRonnie Coffman presents a certificate of commendation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasana of Bangladesh in her office in Dhaka on May 20. (l-r) G.P. Das, Frank Shotkoski, Kannan Vijayaraghavan, BARI DG Rafiqul Islam Mondal, Ronnie Coffman, Prime Minister Sheikh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said sufficiency in food production has been possible due to various practical measures of her government for the development of the agriculture sector.

“Now our government’s target is to ensure nutrition for 160 million people of the country,” she said.

cornell-logo-1For many years, through IP-CALS’ Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project, Cornell has been engaged with the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) to help increase farmers’ access to new varieties of local crops that are vital to their families’ food security and income. Much of the focus has been on the application of biotechnology to provide crop varieties that are resistant to local insects and diseases.

In 2013, the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of the Environment approved distribution of an eggplant variety developed by BARI that is resistant to the fruit and shoot borer, a devastating insect pest. Cornell, with its South Asia coordinator Sathguru, supported BARI in this effort. The new variety of bt brinjal resists insect attack so that Bangladeshi farmers can produce higher crop yields and greatly reduce their use of harmful pesticides.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Cornell-University-Press

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