For the mission of Indian Council of Agricultural Research to plant 1 crore saplings to make India Green, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana organized a campaign on ‘On-farm boundary plantation in Punjab’ on ICAR Foundation Day (16.07.2021). About 500 saplings of Neem, Phycus, Ponocarpus, Ashoka, Sheesam, Mango, Amaltas, Gulmohar Gulmohar, Bel were planted in the institute campus, villages, health centre and schools. The program was inaugurated with the briefing about the mission of council and importance of planting by Dr. R.K.Singh, I/c Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana to all staffs. Each staff planted at least one sapling in the campus and then Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav teams were relayed by showing green flag to visit the villages. Nine teams from both of its campuses at Ludhiana and Abohar comprising 35 scientists and technical officers visited different villages (Jalaldiwal, Rajjowal, Baranhada, Hambran, Bagga Khurd, KeraKhera, Abohar) to plant 50 sapling to each villages and to sensitize the people in and around to encourage plantation. With the national theme ‘Har Med Par Ped', the country farm dykes were utilized to increase green canopy of landscape thus without affecting farm land production. Under the guidance of Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, the Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana this campaign was coordinated by Dr. D. N. Yadav, Pr. Scientist and Head, TOT Division and Mr. Vikas Kumar, Scientist. SAO, FAO and heads of divisions were present About 50 staffs participated and sensitized 200-300 farmers in the program. In this connection an online session has already been organized by ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana for farmers inviting expert from PAU, Ludhiana.
A online training for B Tech (Agriculture Engineering) students was organised by ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana during 10 June – 09 July 2021.
The training programme titled ‘Introduction to Post Harvest Engineering and Technology’ was designed under the guidance of Dr. D. N. Yadav, Head, Transfer of Technology Division to appraise the students regarding recent developments in food processing sector. About 131 students from 4 different State Agricultural Universities (DBSKKV, Dapoli (MH); MPUAT, Udaipur (RJ); IGKV, Raipur (CG); and SKUAST, Jammu) participated in the training programme. During the one-month training programme, coordinated by Dr. Sandeep P. Dawange & Dr. Renu Balakrishnan, the students interacted with the scientists of the institute and learned about different research programmes, developed technologies, and Human Resource Development (HRD) activities of the institute.
In the valedictory function, Director of the Institute Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale said that ‘ICAR-CIPHET has always thrived to provide a platform to the students for gaining knowledge in the field of advanced food processing and post-harvest management.’ He urged the students to think about entrepreneurship in processing and value addition as a great opportunity for a career. He also highlighted the readiness of the institute for the handholding of entrepreneurs through technologies developed by the Institute.
One month training programme is a mandatory requirement for the B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) students of State Agriculture Universities across the country. In wake of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the programme was organised through an online platform.
Makhana is an organic, nutritional, non-cereal edible crop. Makhana is a good source of carbohydrate, protein and minerals. In recent years price of makhana has increased due to increase in demand from domestic as well as foreign markets. Keeping in view the nutritional as well as market potential of makhana, ICAR-CIPHET Ludhiana has developed “Ready to constitute makhana kheer mix and Bihar based young and budding entrepreneur Mr. Amit Kumar approached CIPHET for taking license of this technology. Research team consists of Dr. Mridula Devi, Dr. R.K. Vishwakarma, Dr. Ranjeet Singh, Dr. R.K. Singh, Dr. S.N. Jha. Dr. Mridula D. Pr. Scinetist & Principal Inventor imparted hands on training to Mr. Amit Kumar. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, CIPHET Ludhiana awarded certificate of licensing and training to the entrepreneur on successful completion of the training.
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A nation-wide campaign on plantation and awareness with the theme ‘Har Med Par Ped’ is being condcuted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a part of Celebration of [email protected] Bharat ka Amrut Mahotsav to boost the promotion of tree-based farming. In this context, ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana organized a lecture on ‘On-farm Boundary Plantation for Agro-ecological Conditions of Punjab’ especially for farmers of Punjab. Dr. Rishi Indra Singh Gill, Pr. Scientist (Agroforestry), PAU Ludhiana delivered lecture to about 150 participants (students from Rajsthan, Chaattisgarh, Maharshtra, J&K; farmers from different parts of Punjab; scientists and staffs of ICAR-CIPHET) on 26.06.2021 (12:30-1:30 pm). Dr. Gill detailed on the selection of tree species, discussed various agroforestry models, plants management, and productivity optimization. The speaker also shared about the right sources of planting material, tree planting geometry, timely irrigation, fertilization and pruning, management of nutrient deficiency, control of insect pest and diseases, etc. The program was organized under the guidance of Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and coordinated by Dr. D. N. Yadav, Pr. Scientist and Head, TOT Division, Mr. Vikas Kumar, Scientist. Dr. Kotwaliwale highlighted the importance of tree, sensitized the participants for tree plantation and encouraged them to go for plantation with scientific knowledge and apply the learning gained from scientific talk.
ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana along with ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal successfully celebrated 7th annual International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2021 through video conferencing. Participants included the scientific, administrative, technical and supporting staffs, students and other Indian citizens. There were 122 participants participated during the programme from both the institutes (CIPHET, Ludhiana & Abohar, CIAE, Bhopal & Coimbatore) from their respective homes. Dr. Debabandya Mohapatra, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIAE coordinated the programme. This year’s programme was themed at “Yoga for well-being”. The programme was started at 7.00 AM with introduction of Yog Guru, Shri. Sanjay Gurvekar followed by Pranayam as guided by Yog Guru.
After pranayama, Dr. Anju Soni, Physician, delivered the lecture on the theme “Menopause, its symptoms, and overall management” by means of therapeutic lifestyle, exercise, and medical interventions, if needed.
The Yogabhyas session included micro exercises and Asanaas according to ‘Common Yog Protocols’ prescribed by Govt. of India. Yog Guru, Shri. Sanjay Gurvekar guided through all the activities and also provided information on benefits and precautions.
Earlier Dr. C.R. Mehta, Director, ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal, briefed about the importance of Yoga and urged to Yog Guru to suggest regular yoga exercise which can be done in minimum time. Sh. Anil Handa delivered the vote of thanks, which was followed by the concluding remarks by Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana, who urged the participants to practice basic yoga kriyas such as Pranayam, Sukshma Vyayam, and Asanas. He advised to form groups to ensure regularity and discipline.
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ICAR-CIPHET is organizing a one-month online training programme for B.Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) students from 10 June – 9 July, 2021. About 130 students for 4 State Agricultural Universities (SAU’s) are participating in the training programme. The training programme was inaugurated by Director, ICAR-CIPHET on 10 June via online platform. The Director urged students to fully utilize the opportunity to interact with scientists of the Institute for gaining knowledge. During one month training programe, students will be apprised about developmenets in agro-processing sector and opprotunites of entrepreneurship development in post harvest processing sector.
ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana organized a virtual symposium on “Solar Energy in Post-Harvest Sector” on May 29, 2021 (11.00 AM to 1.00 PM) through Zoom and Youtube LIVE. The programme was arranged as a part of “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav”; to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence. The aim was to share scientific knowledge and discuss the advancements in application of solar energy for post-harvest management of agricultural produce. In all, 248 participants consisting of scientists, academicians, scholars and entrepreneurs have participated in live session on Zoom, whereas many others joined via the Youtube link from India and some Indian diaspora from abroad. Dr. K. Narsaiah, Head (Act.) Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control Division, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and also the Coordinator of the Symposium, welcomed the participants and briefed the context of the theme of the symposium. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana set the tone of virtual symposium, in his opening remarks, by elaborating clearly the importance and relevance of solar energy in post-harvest sector. Then invited speakers; Dr. Sangeeta Chopra, Dr. S. Murali, and Dr. Bidyalakshmi Devi, made presentation on “Application of solar energy in cold chain”,“Sustainable energy options for drying” and “Application of solar energy in plant utilities of food processing”, respectively. The programme received very positive feedback from the participants about utility, relevance and quality of presentation. The symposium ended with the formal vote of thanks by the coordinator.
In order to augment rural income a webinar on “Beekeeping: A business opportunity” was organised by KVK, ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar on 20 May, 2021 on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day. This online activity was attended by 102 participants comprising of 41 farmers and farm women from the KVK \command area. Dr. Ramesh Kumar I/c KVK, ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar welcomed the participants and addressed about importance of bees in agriculture and horticulture crops and suggested to farmers to adopt the beekeeping. Sh. Prithviraj ACTO, delivered a lecture on different aspects of scientific Beekeeping. Dr. Vinod Saharan CTO, Abohar deliberated details about government subsidy on beekeeping. Dr. Sandeep Mann, Principal Scientist, CIPHET, Ludhiana delivered a lecture on honey processing in order to increase profitability and Dr. Rahul Anurag, scientist CIPHET Ludhiana delivered lecture on honey adulteration and elaborated methods to test honey purity. Finally vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vinod Saharan.