Author: AKMU

Composting Demonstration at Sirsa in Feb, 2015

An Awareness-cum-Demonstration programme for the preparation of bio-enriched compost from cotton plant residues was organised at Farmer’s field at village Shahpur Begu in Sirsa District of Haryana State on 21.02.2015. In all, 48 invited farmers from nearby districts of Haryana and Rajasthan participated in the programme.

The methodology of compost preparation, its nutritional and other technical aspects were explained to them by Dr. V. Mageshwaran and Dr. Hamid Hasan. The application of compost to cotton crop, its beneficial impact on soil health improvement and its utility how it could help in containing pests and diseases were explained by Dr. Dilip Monga, Head; and Dr. Rishi Kumar, Principal Scientist, CICR Regional Station Sirsa. The farmers were given a hands-on practical demonstration of compost preparation at large scale by Dr. Hamid Hasan. All the farmers have shown very keen interest in demonstration and have decided to prepare compost on cooperative basis in the region. Shri Rajaram Kadvasra, a progressive farmer and secretary of Kisan Club, Sirsa who prepared and used this compost last year also shared his experiences with farmers.

ICAR-CIRCOT at 102nd Indian Science Congress held at Mumbai University

102nd Indian Science Congress was held at Mumbai University and the Mega exhibition for the same under the Title ‘Pride of India Expo’ was held at MMRDA ground, BKC, Bandra. CIRCOT exhibited its technological display under the roof of ICAR. CIRCOT actively participated and facilitated the ICAR exhibition by providing technical and other support as required by them.

ICAR bagged ‘Best Design Pavilion Award’ for its attractive and informative displays including live samples from CIRCOT, CIFE and other ICAR institutes. The award was conferred by Honorable Governor of UP Shri. Ram Naik, in presence of union minister of Railways Shri. Suresh Prabhu and other dignitaries. CIRCOT’s exhibition stall was also visited by Shri Harshvardhan, union minister of science and technology, who inaugurated the ‘Pride of India’ exhibition. Many senior dignitaries from DRDO, central government, Maharashtra government, industries, heads of institutions, colleges, teachers and students from colleges and schools, some of the farmers from interior Maharashtra also visited our stall and raised queries and showed interest in our technologies and training programs.

Cotton TAP for Africa: In Country Training Programme on “Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues” conducted at Uganda and Malawi under Cotton TAP by ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai.

CIRCOT conducted “In- country training programme on Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues” at Uganda and Malawi under Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for development of cotton sector in African countries. It was implemented as per Second Africa-India Forum Summit (AIFS). Objective of this programme was to strengthen  the human resource from government R&D, production and extension professionals and entrepreneurs from private sectors for post harvest management of cotton and utilization of cottonseed and crop residues.

A group of 25 professionals from Uganda and 21 professionals from Malawi from different organizations engaged in development of cotton sector viz., government and private sector, policy makers, production technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs were trained. Training cum workshop was conducted during 12-16, Nov, 2014 at Cotton Development Organization, Kampala, Uganda and during 17-19, Nov, 2014 at Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station, Blantyre, Malawi. 

CIRCOT scientists shared their experiences with participants from Uganda and Malawi about the various aspects of cotton technology suitable for African countries, viz. appropriate technologies for the cotton ginning, importance of cotton quality assessment, value addition to cottonseed and crop residues for preparation of value added products viz. briquettes, pellets, compost, particle boards, etc. The participants were also given hands on experience training at the ginning and cottonseed oil extraction industries. The field visits were also arranged in order to give industrial exposure to the participants. The participants were benefitted by the lectures, demonstrations, trainings, discussions and deliberations held during the programme. Further replicating India’s initiatives in productivity improvement, processing methods, and skill development, on farm practices and policies, post-harvest processing and value addition in cotton sector would benefit African countries. The suggestion and recommendation brought out during the wrap up discussions would benefit to improve the bilateral relations of India with both the countries and would be useful for building the future programmes for the strengthening the cotton sector in these countries.  

Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, Er. A. K. Bharimalla, Senior Scientist and Er. V. G. Arude, Scientist from CIRCOT, Mumbai conducted and coordinated the programme at Uganda and Malawi.