3rd January 2017, Coimbatore
The 31st Workshop of All India Coordinated Research Project on Farm Implements and Machinery (January 3-5, 2017) was inaugurated at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore today.
Dr. K Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, TNAU, Chief Guest, highlighted the need to have a separate research programme on application of drones in agriculture involving 3-4 centres of the project. He informed the house about the advantages of mechanized raised bed cultivation and need of shredder for in-situ application of crop residues.
Dr. K Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Engg.), ICAR said machinery using latest technologies must be developed and popularized for making agriculture cost effective, more profitable and environment friendly. He also stressed on the role of agricultural engineers towards automation in agriculture. He urged FIM group to focus on mechanizing small farms by developing matching equipment to the power tillers and mini tractors.
Dr. CR Mehta, Project Coordinator, AICRP on FIM presented the salient achievements of 25 centres during the last two years.
Er. V. Theivendran, Chief Engineer (Agril. Engg.), Govt. of Tamil Nadu highlighted the need for development of equipment like turmeric planter, turmeric harvester, weeders, low cost effective coconut harvester, channel clearing machine, cotton picker, sorghum harvester, tender coconut cutting machine, etc to address mechanization needs of Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Kanchan Kumar Singh, Assistant Director General (Farm Engg), ICAR and Co-chairman at the function emphasized on mechanization of diversified crops like sugarcane, cotton, maize, oilseed and pulses.
Dr. M. Maheshwaran, Director Research, TNAU, Coimbatore welcomed the participants to TNAU, Coimbatore and highlighted that this is one of the most importanct AICRP functioning at the university.
Dr. C. Divaker Durairaj, Dean, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore briefed about the activities of host institute. He also stressed the participants role to bridge the mechanisation gaps in the country.
The AICRP on FIM – at a Glance, Research Highlights.2017 and technical bulletins on Mechanical Management of Paddy Straw, Mechanisation in Fodder Production, Ultrasonic sensor based orchard sprayer, Directory of Agrl. Machinery Manufacturers of Assam, Raised Bed planter for Kharif Rice cultivationwere also released during the session.
The workshop was attended by around 100 participants from Research & Development organisations from different SAUs and ICAR institutes and farm machinery manufacturers etc.
(Source: AICRP on Farm Implements and Machinery)