The 92nd Foundation Day and Award Ceremony of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was held on 16th July, 2020 through Video Conferencing. The chief guest of the ceremony was Hon’ble Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister of Government of India Shri Narendra Singh Tomar ji, and Guests of Honour were Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, Hon’ble Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General of ICAR.
During the occasion, the prestigious Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award for the year 2019 is conferred upon ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai which carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 Lakhs, award citation and certificate. The award is due to its significant contribution towards the research and development of various technologies in the field of Post-Harvest Processing and Value Addition to Cotton and Utilization of its By-Products. The institute has commercialized various developed technologies through incubation, promotion of start ups, skill development and entrepreneurship development programmes and offered prompt commercial testing services to stakeholders.
Dr. P.G. Patil, Director of the institute received the award virtually from Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Dr. P. G. Patil congratulated the all the staff members of CIRCOT for their untiring work which leads to bagging of the award.
During the occasion the two technologies developed by the institute through incubation centre namely innovative Lysimeter for on-farm water management and Cotton interlined sleeping bags for better comfort were also released.