The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is celebrating its centenary this year. But it actually came into beingnearry 208 years ago, in 1797, as a horse breeding station of the East India Company at a remote Bihar village called Pusa, located on the bank of River Gandak. The company needed well- bred horses for its officers to. move about but the avian breeders went a step further and began working on horse fodder, too. They introduced the oats crop for this purpose in 1807.
From horse breeding to satellite imagery
by Surinder Sud, The Business Standard, 18 March, 2005