Technical Advisory Committee Ninth Meeting, 3-7 February 1975: Draft Report
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Draft report of the February 1975 meeting of TAC, TAC Chairman Sir John Crawford presiding. TAC agreed that its subcommittee on plant nutrition should examine further the plans of the International Fertilizer Development Center which had been formally established at TVA. Based on a review of existing research at the IARCs, the subcommittee recommended modest expansion of work on biological and organic sources of plant nutrition. The subcommittee decided to seek further information on an FAO-UNEP action program on rhizobia, and study further how to encourage research on the fundamental constraints to improved plant nutrition. TAC accepted the recommendation of its Working Group on Grain Legumes that much further research was required on this subject, but not a separate institution. Action was needed to apply existing knowledge, but this was not a CGIAR responsibility. TAC was anxious to resolve the problem of relationships with INTSOY. In response to a proposal from Pakistan, TAC decided to send a mission to South Asia to identify research needs on the water buffalo. A Rockefeller Foundation/AVRDC proposal for a new international institute for vegetable research in Southeast Asia raised the question of a suitable location for research on tropical vegetables and political sensitivities surrounding AVRDC's location in Taiwan. A desk study of requirements was planned. TAC endorsed the plans of the CG Subcommittee on ICARDA, reported by its Chairman W. David Hopper, to establish the center as two inter-linked bodies in Lebanon and Syria. Other subjects addressed included post harvest technology, tropical fruits, CGIAR relationships with ICIPE, relations with national research institutions, CGIAR terminology and review procedures, WARDA, pesticides, the World Food Conference, aquaculture, water use and management, and IBPGR.