Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Engineering), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi accompanied by Dr. B. S. Dwivedi, Director, ICAR-NBSS&LUP, Nagpur visited Ginning Training Centre (GTC) of ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Nagpur on September 15, 2021. At the outset, Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai welcomed them by offering a bouquet of flowers.
The renovated Farmers’ Guest House of GTC, Nagpur was inaugurated at the hands of Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, DDG (NRM & Ag. Engg) in presence of Dr. B. S. Dwivedi, Director, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur and Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. He applauded ICAR-CIRCOT in converting the Type-I quarter into the Farmers’ Guest House and renovating it with all modern facilities for the benefit of the farmers.
DDG (NRM & Ag. Engg) visited the facilities at GTC and witnessed the demonstration of various processing plants, Machineries and Testing facilities. Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai and Dr. S. K. Shukla, Principal Scientist & Officer In-Charge, GTC explained in detail about the benefits and principle of operation of the Modern Roller Ginning & Pressing Plant, Lab Model Gins, Fibre Testing Equipment, Scientific Cottonseed Processing Plant, Particle Board Plant, pelleting plant etc.
An interaction meet with staff of GTC was also organised at Training Hall of GTC, Nagpur. Dr. S.K. Shukla welcomed the DDG (NRM & Ag. Engg.) and other guests while Dr. Sujata Saxena delivered welcome address and thanked DDG for his visit to centre despite his busy schedule and COVID pandemic.
Dr. Shukla made a brief presentation about the various activities undertaken at GTC. He highlighted the achievements of GTC in conducting human resource development programmes for ginners and other stakeholders, testing of commercial samples and development of various useful technologies for the benefit of cotton ginners and by-product utilisation industries.
Dr. B. S. Dwivedi in his address applauded the efforts of GTC in managing the huge civil and machinery infrastructure with a minimal manpower and wished the centre good luck in its future endeavours.
Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, DDG (NRM & Ag. Engg) in his presidential address, appreciated the work of the centre especially the amount of revenue generated by GTC and also the work done during COVID pandemic. This proves that small units are effective and efficient. He assured of all possible support in strengthening the centre with scientific and technical manpower and its upgradation to a full-fledged Regional Station. He asked the Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai to work out modalities for better funding support to the centre. The DDG suggested to explore the possibility of wall panelling the chambers of all Directors of ICAR institutions using particle boards made from cotton stalk.
Er. Varsha Satankar, Scientist, GTC, Nagpur proposed the vote of thanks.