India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has signed an MoU with Horticulture Innovation (Hort Innovation) Australia in a bid to boost horticultural research between India and Australia.
The move is a joint funding call to support R&D organisations to undertake novel and cutting-edge strategic translational research in horticulture at affordable costs. The two sides will jointly invest around $4.3 million for the next three years to promote research in horticulture to improve crop productivity.
K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, said: “Considering the gap between demand and supply for crops, it is of paramount importance to stimulate an enabling environment for research and development in both the regions.
“Through the signing of this MoU, we along with Hort Innovation aim to create a supportive innovation ecosystem for researchers to undertake high-level research and promote horticulture techniques.”
Hort Innovation is a not-for-profit, grower-owned R&D and marketing company for Australia’s horticulture industry.