Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai conducted “In- country training programme on Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues" at Uganda and Malawi under Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for development of cotton sector in African countries. It was implemented as per Second Africa-India Forum Summit (AIFS). Objective of this programme was to strengthen the human resource from government R&D, production and extension professionals and entrepreneurs from private sectors for post harvest management of cotton and utilization of cottonseed and crop residues.
A group of 25 professionals from Uganda and 21 professionals from Malawi from different organizations engaged in development of cotton sector viz., government and private sector, policy makers, production technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs were trained. Training cum workshop was conducted during 12-16, Nov, 2014 at Cotton Development Organization, Kampala, Uganda and during 17-19, Nov, 2014 at Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station, Blantyre, Malawi.
CIRCOT scientists shared their experiences with participants from Uganda and Malawi about the various aspects of cotton technology suitable for African countries and crop residues for preparation of value added products. The participants were also given hands-on experience training at the ginning and cottonseed oil extraction industries. The field visits were also arranged in order to give industrial exposure to the participants.
The suggestions and recommendations brought out during the wrap-up discussions would benefit to improve the bilateral relations of India with both the countries and would be useful for building the future programmes for the strengthening the cotton sector in these countries.
Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, CIRCOT; Er. A.K. Bharimalla and Er. V.G. Arude, Scientists from CIRCOT conducted and coordinated the programme at Uganda and Malawi.
(Source: ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai)