2nd March 2017, Ranchi.
A workshop on Lac Cultivation, Processing and Economic Model, was organized by ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi on 2 March 2017. Chief General Manger, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), in his Key note address emphasized that high value crops like lac should be priority area to promote rural entrepreneurship and farmers’ share in consumer rupee need to be increased for their betterment. He also informed about the exposure visits conducted for the officials of NABARD to update the knowledge. He suggested that lac farming may be a potential sector for the state as 29 % areas under forest and 26% population belongs to tribal community.
Dr K K Sharma, Director, ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi highlighted the research achievements, activities and various programmes of the Institute for the welfare of lac farmers as well as women empowerment through lac based women friendly activities like handicraft making, scrapping of lac, bundling of broodlac, Lac Integrated Farming System (LIFS), etc. He also informed that farmers switch over from the lac cultivation activities due to price fluctuation in the market for lac, even though loss was not incurred. Hence, it is advised that lac cultivation is a good source of an additional income at existing price levels. In their visit to museum, stakeholders got the overview about the production, processing and value addition aspects of lac with the special emphasis on its major application areas.
During the Technical Session, the topics discussed were: Economics of lac cultivation and bankable models; Principles and practices of lac cultivation on major hosts like semialata, ber, kusum and palas; lac integrated farming system approach. Economics of the lac cultivation on different hosts and the integrated approach of lac cultivation with different vegetables and fruits were also discussed. The participants visited Institute Research Farm and Product Demonstration Unit. The various machinery involved, the integrated processing unit and the pilot plant on Aleuritic Acid were showcased. Two technical bulletins on Bankable projects and Lac Integrated Farming System were distributed.
(Courtesy: English Editorial Unit)