10 September, 2012, Hyderabad
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR along with Shri Ashish Bahuguna, IAS, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and Dr.A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR participated in the Technology Week at Gunegal Research Farm of CRIDA. Dignitaries addressed the large gathering of farmers on the inaugural day of the Technology Week and highlighted the initiatives of the Government of India/ICAR in research and development in dryland agriculture and farm mechanization. While visiting the research farm, they appreciated demonstrations on water harvesting, in situ moisture conservation, farm mechanization, conservation agriculture and drought management.
Shri Ashish Bahuguna launched a new product Zinsol which is a talc based formulation of Pseudomonas putida. Zinsol solubilizes insoluble form of zinc and increases the availability to plants. The technology emerged out of the AMAAS Network Project of ICAR.
To bring a distinct identity to the technologies of the institute, the trademark of CRIDA was unveiled by Dr. A.K. Singh. The design highlights the key elements of rainfed agriculture like soil, crops, rain water, livestock and fisheries, all of which are part of the rainfed farming systems.
CRIDA has signed a memorandum of agreement with M/s Khedut Agro Engineering Pvt. Ltd., Rajkot for transfer of herbicide applicator technology which was developed by farm machinery scientists of CRIDA. The agreement covers the transfer of design and also further refinement of technology to suit to various farming systems. Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Director signed the MoA on behalf of CRIDA and Mr. Dinesh J. Khanpara, CEO on behalf of M/s Khedut Agro Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
The Directors of the ICAR Institutes, Commissioner of Agriculture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh were also present on the occasion.
(Source: Mass Media Project with inputs from CRIDA, Hyderabad)