Glimpse of ICAR Achievements 2009

  • To contain crop loss due to droughts and floods, developed new varieties of rice capable of withstanding drought (Sahbhagi Dhan) and water submergence (Swarna-Sub 1). The latter can survive for 14 days under water.
  • To ward off threat to wheat production from the globally spreading menace of wheat stem rust, Ug99, resistant varieties (DBW 17, PBW 550, Lok 1, and Turja) identified.
  • Overall, 147 new and better varieties of major crops developed for cultivation under different agro-climatic conditions.
  • In potato, dry matter-rich variety Kufri Frysona developed for making French Fries.
  • To promote use of better seeds, ICAR produced and distributed 7340 tonnes of breeder seeds and over 25 lakh planting materials.
  • Zinc solublizing bacterial bio-fertilizer developed to alleviate zinc deficiency in soils.
  • Cloned and surviving buffalo calf, GARIMA, produced for faster multiplication of selected highly productive animals.
  • For Bird Flu diagnosis, High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, conferred OIE-international recognition.
  • For year-round rearing of Indian carp (fish), technique developed for off-season spawning.
  • For culturing seabass, open sea cage farming technology developed.
  • International Award-winning device designed to reduce by-catch and juvenile fish trapping in trawl nets.
  • International fellowship scheme initiated for Doctoral programme in India and abroad.
  • Introduced revised curricula and syllabi for 95 disciplines in Master’s and 80 disciplines in Doctoral programmes.
  • Introduced 368 e-courses for degree programmes; created repository of 3,852 e-theses; and provided online access to 1,088 research journals in 126 libraries.
  • To strengthen scientific human resource, 773 vacant scientific positions filled by completing appointment process.
  • Tractor-mounted cumin planter developed to save 30% seed.
  • For pomegranate, motorized aril extractor developed with 94% separation efficiency and 500 kg/hour capacity.
  • For commercial-scale groundnut milk production, processing technology and equipment developed having 250 litre per day capacity.
  • Assessed and refined 2,337 improved farm technologies through 26,028 on-farm trials to ascertain their suitability to specific locations, for enhancing productivity and profitability.
  • 15 lakh farmers, rural youth and extension workers trained for skill development through 56,000 training programmes.
  • Greater awareness about protection of intellectual property resulted in filing of 93 IPR applications.
  • To promote production-to-consumption chains for maximizing farmers’ profits, 51 models developed for different agricultural commodities.
  • Introduced 36 models of technological innovation-based sustainable rural livelihood initiatives in 102 of 150 most disadvantaged districts, benefitting 50,000 farm families.
  • For wider dissemination of agricultural information, The Handbook of Agriculture updated and partnership built with national knowledge network for high speed internet connectivity.