The Workshop was held on 5th May 2017 at ICAR - CIRCOT, Mumbai. Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering), ICAR, New Delhi, presided over the workshop, which aimed to bring all the stakeholders in public and private sector to a common platform for addressing the issue of national importance “Mechanization of Cotton Cultivation, Harvesting and Ginning”. He urged the stakeholders to provide complete solution for mechanisation in cotton covering sowing, intercultural operations, harvesting, ginning and spinning along with the extension services so that farmers can adopt it. The deliberation were focussed on overcoming the challenges faced in the mechanization process viz., developing varieties amenable for cotton harvesting, development of suitable defoliants & growth regulators, adoption of technology for cleaning of mechanically harvested cotton and acceptance in the market for mechanically harvested cotton. He opined that the potential technologies developed by the private sector should be testing at large scale through multi-location trials under AICRP.
Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT stressed on the need for formulation of mission mode programme encompassing all stakeholders in public and private sector for successful implementation of mechanisation in cotton that will benefit the farmer by way of reducing the production cost.
Dr. K. K. Singh, Director ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal, Shri. Chokalingam, Chairman - cum Managing Director of Cotton Corporation of India, Sh. Suresh Kotak, Kotak Group, Dr. M.K.Sharma, Whole-Time Director M/s. Bajaj Steel Industries, were among the distinguished invitees for the workshop.
The delegates, researchers, policy makers from public and private including ICAR-CICR, ICAR- CIAE, Cotton Corporation of India, Office of Textile Commissioner, Cotton Association of India, Bayer Crop Science, Ankur Seed, Nuziveedu Seed, John Deere, Case-New Holland, Bajaj Steel Industry, Jadhao Gears, Carver Technology, Lummus Corporation, Arvind Cotton, Tirth Agro. Technology, GIMA Tex, All India Cotton Seed Crushers Association, Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, Traders, Ginners, and Spinners participated and put forth their ideas for successful implementation of mechanisation in different spheres on cotton value chain.
On this occasion 15 leaflets of skill development programme to be conducted during 2017-18 in the institute in different areas of post-harvest processing of cotton were also released.
The workshop was co-ordinated by Er. V. G. Arude, Scientist & Head (I/c) Organising Secretary.