CIRCOT conducted “In-country training programme on Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues” at Benin under Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for development of cotton sector. It was implemented as per Second Africa-India Forum Summit (AIFS).
This training programme was inaugurated by Dr. David Y. Arodokoun, Director General, National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin on 12th March, 2015 at Bohicon, Benin. A group of 25 professionals from different organizations engaged in development of cotton sector viz., ginneries, government and private sector, policy makers, production technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs attended the training programme. The objective of this programme was to strengthen the human resource from government R&D, production and extension professionals and entrepreneurs from private sectors for ginning, quality of cotton and utilization of cotton by-products as cottonseed and crop residues.
CIRCOT scientists shared their experiences with trainees about the various aspects of cotton technology suitable for Benin, 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. Technical visits to ginning and pressing industries, seed processing units and meetings with relevant institutions and stakeholders was also arranged in order to get industrial exposure. The participants were benefitted by the lectures, discussion 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 Benin. The suggestion and recommendation brought out during the wrap up discussions regarding ginning, quality control, and utilization of cotton by-products and establishment of ginning cluster would be useful for building the future programmes for the strengthening the cotton sector and improve the bilateral relations between India and Benin.
The scientists from CIRCOT selected a site for establishment of Regional Knowledge Cluster on Ginning Technology & By-product Utilization at Cana, Bohicon. Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, CIRCOT, Mumbai and Er. A. K. Bharimalla, Senior Scientist from CIRCOT, Mumbai conducted and coordinated the programme at Benin.