As part of the 2013–16 IRRI-India Work Plan, the Institute and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) signed a memorandum of understanding on 28 June 2013 at TNAU to promote research, training, and exchange of information and technology on rice and its farming systems and value chains.
Under the MoU, scientists of TNAU and IRRI will exchange improved plant materials, publish and disseminate research findings, and develop technologies that will improve the productivity and sustainability of rice farming systems. This includes developing and disseminating resource conservation technologies such as improved crop establishment methods, tillage practices, and water and fertilizer management practices.
TNAU Vice Chancellor K. Ramasamy thanked IRRI for strengthening collaboration between the two institutions and offered working space for IRRI staff at TNAU. He also invited IRRI to establish a hub in any of the TNAU campuses.
TNAU's new research director is M. Maheswaran, who is an IRRI alumnus, and will be the key contact under the MoU together with J.K. Ladha, IRRI representative for India and Nepal.
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