Workshop on Flexi Check Dam for Watershed Application

30th May, 2013, Mumbai

A one day pre-commercialization workshop on Flexi Check Dam, popularly known as rubber dam, made of textile-rubber composite for watershed application was organized by Zonal Technology Management and Business Planning & Development (ZTM-BPD) Unit, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai on 30th May, 2013. The workshop aimed at sensitizing the textile and allied manufacturing industry about the technology for manufacturing the textile-rubber composite and its conversion into a suitable water-proof and wrinkle free check dam as per the required dimension for watershed application. The Technology is developed under the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)-Component-IV project titled ‘Design and Development of Rubber Dams for Watersheds’. It was also intended to sensitize the potential clients about the technology commercialization protocol followed in the ICAR system.

The workshop was attended by delegates from various rubber manufacturing industries, farmer groups, engineers from the Command Area Development Authority, Maharashtra, and various other stake holders.  Mr. Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak Ginning & Pressing Industries Ltd., Mumbai, presided the inaugural session as the Chief Guest with Dr. M. S. Kairon, Former Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur as the Guest of Honour and Dr. A. N. Desai, Director, The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), Mumbai as the Special Guest.

Various informative topics like use of Flexi Check Dam for agricultural purposes, requirements for making rubber textile composites used for the flexi check dam, importance of check dam for enhancing agricultural productivity etc. were covered in the technical session.  The technology was very well appreciated amongst the stakeholders and a positive feedback was received from them.

(Source: ZTM-BPD Unit,CIRCOT)