The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated its theme day for the empowerment of farmers in India, as the organization is celebrating the ‘CSIR Platium Jubilee Technofest’ at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan. On the tenth day of the event, the CSIR theme of the day was ‘Agriculture and Floriculture’.
Prof. A.K. Tripathi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP (Lucknow) welcomed the participants. He said, “CSIR is focused on such numerative crops that are not in the focus of ICAR. Our focus is on industrial crops for Aroma, Ayurveda, Unani and Floriculture. The aim of CSIR labs is to provide alternative to the farmers to increase farm incomes.”
Talking about the condition of farmers, the Chief Guest, Padma Bhushan, Prof. R.B. Singh, stated, “Those who feed the country live in misery. Farmers don’t want charity, they have the right to progress. We aim at wiping out hunger from this country by 2030.”
Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR said, “Farmers are the topmost priority of CSIR. We have to bring the best technologies for maximum yield and our scientists are dedicated to achieve this goal”.
Scientists and researchers from concerned laboratories attended the seminar. The pavilion of ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’ showcased the latest agro technologies that increase the production of crops by 30%.
The seminar also focused on the production of menthol mint, aromatic grasses, Lavender and improved varieties developed by CSIR. Dr. Tripathi stated, “We produce and export 90% of the Menthol mint in the world. Aroma Industry in the country is flourishing because of CSIR technologies.”
Scientists from CSIR in Agriculture and Floriculture theme delivered lectures about high yielding plant varieties of medicinal, aromatic and floral plants. They also touched upon their marketing. A large number of farmers and entrepreneurs attended the lectures. They shared their experience on agricultural practices in aromatic and floral plants.
The day concluded with the signing of 2 MoUs between CSIR and its industrial partners.
CSIR-NBRI, CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-IIIM and CSIR-IHBT conducted Science based activities for the school students, and a quiz on aroma and medicinal plants. The winners were awarded with different aroma kits.