May 30:Recently CSIR-NIScPR has undertaken a major initiative for the dissemination of CSIR technologies for creating livelihood opportunities in rural areas in the wake of the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, a farmer-industry-scientist meet was organized at Lovraj Auditorium, CSIR-IIP Dehradun on 30 May 2022 to disseminate the Kisan Sabha App and Gur Bhatti Technology to the farmers. The objective was to disseminate the Kisan Sabha application developed by CSIR-NIScPR and Gur Bhatti Technology developed by CSIR IIP Dehradun, for creating livelihood opportunities in rural areas; and also to develop the business opportunities for the farmers’ livelihood creation and enhance their income. At the meeting, scientists, industrialists, finances, and farmers came together on a single platform to discuss all the opportunities and challenges.
Dr. Anjan Ray, Director, CSIR-IIP delivering his talk
On this occasion, Dr. Anjan Ray, Director CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), Dehradun, encouraged to organize such meetings that will help to ensure the economic security and health of rural people. He asserted the need for enhanced production with limited resources as well as to minimize the environmental impacts of the process, he listed some of the CSIR-IIP’s Technologies that could benefit the farmers. He expressed his gratitude to the farmers for attending the meet.
Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-NIScPR expressed her thoughts at the Farmer-Industry-Scientist Meet
Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication & policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR), New Delhi joined the meeting online. She expressed her gratitude to the farmers and described the recent initiatives taken by CSIR-NIScPR towards livelihood creation and income generation in the rural areas through CSIR-Technologies. Further, she highlighted the success of Kisan Sabha and explained the potential of the UBA network. She apprised of 82 technologies compendium selected for rural areas. She explained the importance and the benefits of the Gur Bhatti technology. Finally, she assured the full support of CSIR to the farmers.
Dr. Yogesh Suman, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR, discussed the importance of the meeting to sort out the challenges faced by the farmers. This exercise will help to boost the dissemination of the technology using the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) Network. As UBA has a large network of higher education institutions and provides grass-root information about the problems of the rural areas. This information would help in the dissemination and deployment of the CSIR technologies in rural areas. He also emphasized that strong linkages should be developed between technology developers and adopters.
In the concluding session, farmers shared their experiences and thoughts
Dr. Pankaj Arya, Principal Scientist, CSIR-IIP, emphasized that the traditional Gur-making process results in air pollution in the region and expressed the need for advanced technology solutions. In view of this, CSIR-IIP has developed advanced, simple, and affordable Gur Bhatti technology that not only reduces the emission of pollutants but also increases the efficiency of the Gur Bhatti by reducing the fuel cost by 15% and increasing production by 25%. He further listed multiple benefits of this technology, in particular, the increased life of the plant.
Dr. Farhat Azad, Principal Scientist, CSIR- NIScPR discussed the Kisan Sabha App and also demonstrated it in front of the farmers. The app was launched with the objective to uplift the livelihood of small and marginal farmers. Discussing the dependency on the middle man and lack of information in the supply chain, she described the Idea of the Kisan Sabha App assimilating the idea of utilization in the agri-supply chain. She further added various information channels and various options. The app can keep the farmers updated by continuously adding recent features.
About 8 lakhs farmers and numerous other stakeholders have joined the Kisan Sabha App. In addition,’ 3000 SHGs are also joined in this App. The most important feature of this app it is available in 12 regional languages. She categorically mentioned to the farmers about the jaggery products are added in the Kisan Sabha.
A comprehensive presentation of the central/state government and NABARD initiatives towards funding for farmers was given by Shri Bhupendra Kumawat, AGM, NABARD Dehradun. He mentioned Kisan Credit Card, Deendayan Kisan Yojana, Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, and various other schemes to facilitate farmers’ funding requirements for needs.
Shri Satya Prakash from Dhampure Specialty Sugars Ltd explained the need for the marketing strategy to sell the product in the market. He emphasized on to make other products like Sirka that will enhance the income of the farmer.
Shi Ajay Gairola discussed the opportunities for farmers in the retail sector. He further emphasized the exploration of linkages between farmers and retailers which is yet less explored. In the concluding session, the meeting was concluded with the success stories of the farmers.
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