15-16 February, 2018.
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal organized two day programme to celebrate its 43rd Foundation Day and farmers fair during 15-16 February, 2018.
The institute level programme on 15 February was celebrated during a function attended by all the staff of institute. Dr. Ramakrishna Kusmaria, Member, ICAR Governing Body and former Minister of Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh was the chief guest. Dr. K. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal made a presentation about various achievements of the institute and highlighted about various technologies developed during 2017-18 like high clearance vehicle, vegetable transplanter, inter and intra row weeder, image based herbicide applicator, sub-surface drip lateral laying machine and enhancing shelf life of various millet products, etc. Dr.Kusmaria lauded contribution of ICAR-CIAE in the field of Agricultural Engineering at regional, national and international perspective. He encouraged the scientists to develop technologies keeping in mind the interest of the small and marginal farmers. A poster competition on the themes ‘Agricultural engineering technologies for doubling farmers income’ and ‘Agricultural engineering scenario by 2050’ was organized for scientists and doctoral students, respectively.
A Farmers’ meet and agricultural machinery exhibition was organized on 16 February, 2018 that was themed at “Role of Mechanisation in Doubling the Farmers’ Income”. About 1500 farmers and entrepreneurs from neighbouring districts participated in the programme. They listened to technical deliberations on the available technologies and their potential economy mic benefits and also saw different types of machines and technologies showcased by ICAR-CIAE, ICAR-IISS, ICAR-NIHSAD, Directorate of Agril. Engg. and various commercial manufacturers. Dignitaries like Dr Gajendra Singh, Ex DDG (Agricultural Engineering), ICAR; Shri Rajeev Choudhary, Director, Agricultural engineering, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh; Shri Abhay Malaiya, President, MP Agricultural equipment manufacturers Association, and Members of Institute Management Committee were also presents. On this occasion a tripartite agreement was signed between ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal, Directorate of Agricultural Engineering, Madhya Pradesh and M/s Veda Farms & Implements Pvt. Ltd., Bhopal to manufacture quality agricultural machinery at Sehore district, Madhya Pradesh. Some successful entrepreneurs and progressive farmers who undertook training at ICAR-CIAE in the areas of management of custom hiring centre, soybean processing and utilization and protected cultivation technology, were also felicitated for their innovative ideas and adoption of new technologies.