A team of ICAR- CIRCOT scientists has been bestowed with 12th Doordarshan Sahyadri Krishi Sanman Award- 2019 for their remarkable research work in by-product utilization of cotton. The award was conferred upon the scientists by Honorable Dr. Anil Bonde, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra on 3rd July 2019 at Mumbai.
A team comprising of Dr. P. G. Patil, Director of the institute and Dr. S. K. Shukla, Dr. V. G. Arude, Dr. V. Mageshwaran, Dr. C. Sundaramoorthy, Dr. P. S. Deshmukh, Dr. A. K. Bharimalla realised the importance and economic potential of value addition to cotton stalk and developed commercially viable and eco-friendly technologies and products viz. briquettes, pellets, charcoal, activated carbon, particle boards, briquette based eco-friendly green crematorium, efficient pellet stove, compost and mushroom cultivation. These Technologies are useful for doubling cotton farmer’s income. These technologies not only generated renewable energy but also improved soil health and created rural entrepreneurship. This research work helped in creating business opportunities in establishing cotton by-product based industries in Vidarbha.