AAPI Project Launching Ceremony was helt at Nalitabari Upazila Parishad in Sherpur District. The Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Matia Chowdhury and the U.S. Ambassador, Mr. James F. Moriarty formally launched the AAPI project on March 5, 2011. Other dignitaries attending the event were Ministry of Agriculture Secretary, Mr. C.Q.K. Mustaq Ahmed; USAID Deputy Mission Director, Mr. Dennis Sharma; Acting Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Mr. Dulal Chandra Sarker; and Deputy Commissioner of Sherpur, Mr. Md. Nasiruzzaman, who Chaired the Launching Ceremony.
As the implementing Agency, IFDC was led by its President and CEO, Dr. Amit Roy and the Director of its Eurasia Division, Mr. John H. Allgood. Ms. Ishrat Jahan, Resident Representative for IFDC in Bangladesh and Project Coordinator and Mr. Grahame D. Hunter, Chief of Party led the AAPI staff who organized the event. We would like to acknowledge the support and assistance provided by the project Agreement Officer's Technical Representative (AOTR), Mr. Aniruddha Hom Roy and his team from USAID. The whole day turned out to be a great success and is a credit to all concerned.