High Level African delegation Study Tour to India in 2013:
Bejo Sheetal Bioscience Foundation (BSF), India & The Energy Research Institute (TERI) of India in collaboration with Michigan State University, USA organized study tour for fourteen African high level delegation including Ministers of Science & Technology and privatization from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda with the support of NEPAD-ABNE (New Partnership for African development in African Biosaftey Network Enterprises). Tour was scheduled during 20th to 30th October 2013. The delegation arrived in Delhi on 20th October, TERI organized interaction meeting with regulatory officials, scientists and entrepreneurs in Delhi. Visit to Rasi seeds and fields organized by TERI, (from 21st -24th October 2013). Delegation arrived in Aurangabad on 24th January. BSF organized the visit of delegation to Nath Seeds Aurangabad on 25th October, shared their experience about Bt. Cotton along with field visit to see the cotton trials.
BSF organized interaction meet with Chamber of Marathwada Industry and Agriculture (CMIA) and Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries & Agriculture at WelcomHotel Rama International, Aurangabad. . Shri. Sureshji Agrawal, Shri. Sameer Agrawal welcomed by felicitating all the dignified delegates including Ministers. Dr. Karim Maredia led the team on behalf of Michigan State University of USA. Shri Sameer Agrawal briefed about the activities of Bejo Sheetal and Kalash Seeds, India. Dr. Mazumdar informed about activities of BSF. Shri Milind Kank and Mr. Sunil Bhosale enlightened about the activities of CMIA & MASSIA. More than 40 Industrialists from Aurangabad region participated in the meeting. Dr. C.D. Mayee, Ex Chairman ASRB presented his views about Journey of Indian Agriculture Biotechnology. He has explained about the history of Bt Cotton Biosafety studies and commercialization process.
Dr. Diren Makinde, Director of African Biosafety Network Expertise, shared the views and briefed about the requirement of African countries. Mr. Aston Kajara appreciated the private sector initiative in India. He himself works as Finance Privatization Ministry in Uganda. Mr. Gnissa Konate expressed his views and was eager to establish the linkage between India and Africa. Dr. Mushaibu, Minister of Environment and science was keen about the biosafety regulation models in India, their implementation and concerns also discussed.
Mr. Nandkishore Kagliwal, Chairman and Mr. Satish Kagliwal, Managing Director, Nath group witnessed the meeting and discussed about India scenario of Bt Cotton. Program was conducted by Dr. Nandkumar Kunchge, Director BSF.