Brisbane, Nov 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, where he interacted with scientists related to the field of agriculture and bio-sciences.
The Prime Minister, who also interacted with young students, was given a presentation of a special robot called “AgBot” which has agricultural applications.
Writing on the AgBot, Modi said research is the mother of development, and is intrinsically linked to the development journey of mankind.
Modi said agriculture would benefit from the use of science and technology, congratulating the scientists at QUT and wished them well.
The Prime Minister was also given a presentation on the Integrated Biofuels Project, under which cutting-edge, collaborative research is being carried out as part of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Grand Challenge Initiative.
He visited the glasshouse at the University, where iron-fortified bananas are being developed, which could prove very useful in developing countries where iron-deficiency affects a large number of people.
Interacting with students at the venue, he said he is fortunate to be meeting them on the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
After attending the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Sydney, where he will attend a community reception and address the Indian Diaspora.
The Prime Minister will then travel to Canberra and address the special joint sitting of the Australia n Parliament on November 18. He is also to address a community event in Melbourne.