Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Innovative farmers from across country shares research at CIPHET

Ludhiana, October 31:

More than 50 farmers from across the country showcased their technologies in front of scientists of Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) during second National Farm Innovators meet on post harvest technology held at institute campus. The aim of the innovators meet was to provide platform to innovative farmers who have developed technologies at their own level and scientists to give their technical input for further improvements.

On the occasion, technologies like husk based steam engine developed by the Nandlal Vishkarma, a farmer from Bihar; Eco-friendly sprayer by Sagar Rawale from Gujarat and Portable water irrigation system by Prince from Damla, Yamunagar remained center of the attraction.

Inaugurating the innovators meet, Prof V.K Sehgal of Punjab Agricultural University, who was also the chief guest. said that if scientists and farmers innovate together progress in agriculture could go manifolds. "Even in the developed countries innovative farmers are developing many technologies," he said, adding that potential of more increase in farmers' income through production would not happen.

'"The production has already increased many times in past few decades and reached stage of nearly plateau, farmers need to go for processing and value addition for increasing their income," he added. Suggesting that farmers could play role in checking post harvest losses, he said that thousands of crores of rupees could be saved if we are able to reduce them by even smaller percentage.

Welcoming the participants, Director CIPHET Dr U.S Shivhare said that they attempted to provide platform to farmers through this meet so that they get better technical inputs from the scientists. "This will also help them to propagate their technologies to other parts of the country," he said, informing that idea of this meet was originally conceived by the Director General ICAR, Dr S. Ayyapoan, who wished to provide national platform to innovative farmers.

Head Transfer of Technology Division Dr Deepak Raj Rai, said that many good technologies of the farmers were just confined to their block level. "We want that through this kind of national platform they could reach to every nook and corner of the country and innovative farmers could gain by sharing experiences. Project Coordinator (PHT) Dr S.K Nanda, Project Coordinator Dr P.R Bhatnagar and Head Food Grains and Oil Seed Division Dr R.K Gupta were also present on the occasion. Dr Indu Karki, Scientist Transfer of Technology Division, coordinated the inaugural session. The event was marked with presentations from innovative farmers, technical session and feedback. An exhibition was also organized on sidelines of this function.

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