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RKVY-RAFTAAR-Agri Business Incubator (CIRCOT-R-ABI)

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The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) is an important scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW), Government of India aimed at strengthening infrastructure to promote agripreneurship and agribusiness by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem. A new component under the revamped scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana - Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) has been launched in 2018-19. RKVY-RAFTAAR supports agribusiness incubation by tapping innovations and technologies for venture creation in agriculture sector covering Agri-Biotech; Agriculture/Horticulture/Natural Resource Management; Sustainable Agriculture/Organic farming; Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fishery; Agri-Input tools and technologies; Micro Irrigation; Farm Mechanization and Agri Engineering; Precision Farming; Harvesting and Post-Harvest Processing; Food Processing; Supply Chain Management; Farm Retailing; Agri Extension Education; Internet of Things (IoT); ICT and Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture; Waste to Wealth (Value addition to Agro-biomass), Secondary Agriculture; Agri Clinics & Farm Health services, Cotton and Other Natural Fibres, Nanotechnology Applications in Agriculture, Green Composites, Paper, Pulp and Packaging etc. In this process, incubation facilities and expertise already available with participating academic, technical, management and R&D institutions in the country shall be utilized on an individual or collective basis to harness synergies. ICAR-CIRCOT has been bestowed with an incubator namely CIRCOT-R-ABI under this scheme in January 2019.

ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, established in 1924, a premier constituent institute of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, is engaged in carrying out basic and strategic research in processing of cotton & its agro-residues, development of value added products and quality assessment of cotton. CIRCOT has diversified its ambit to cover other natural fibers such as Banana, Coconut etc., and started pioneering work in nanotechnology and its application in textile finishing, natural fiber based composites, and environmentally benign technology for processing cotton textiles. The institute is also working on value addition to cotton biomass through particle board preparation, compost making, nanocellulose production, cottonseed oil etc. to provide additional income to cotton growers. CIRCOT is an ISO 9001:2015 certified institute and is an accredited laboratory under NABL (ISO 17025:2005), functioning as Referral Laboratory for cotton textile. With an established reputation of nine decades amongst textile industries, ginning industries and cotton farmers as a renowned technology developer, ICAR-CIRCOT is skilfully catalyzing the transfer of its technologies from lab to startups, entrepreneurs and farmers through the agribusiness incubation center.




Seed Stage Funding (SSF) of RKVY-RAFTAAR 

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ICAR organized One day Annual Review Workshop for CRP on Natural Fibres

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CRP on Natural Fibre (CRP- NF) is one of the platform projects approved under Agri-CRP by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). ICAR-CIRCOT is the lead centre of the project for implementing CRP-NF project. The Agricultural Engineering SMD of ICAR has organized one day Annual Review Workshop for CRP on Natural Fibres on 15.03.2019 at College of Agricultural Engineering, Tamilnadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore under the chairmanship of Hon’ble DDG (Agri. Engineering) DR. K. Alagusundaram. Dr. S.N. Jha, ADG (PE) and Dr. B.S. Bisht, Former Vice Chancellor of GB Pant University of Agricultural and Technology chaired the Review workshop. Dr. A.S.M. Raja Principal Scientist and Lead Centre Project Co-coordinator (LC-PC) presented the overall progress of the project and also acted as Rapporteur for the session along with Dr. S.K. Shukla, Principal Scientist, ICAR- CIRCOT.  Principle Investigators of all the projects from lead as well as cooperating centres namely ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore participated in the workshop and presented their progress of their respective projects. Dr.S.N. Jha expressed his satisfaction about the overall progress of the project. However, he informed that the progress can be further improved to achieve the desired results in timely manner. Dr.B.S.Bisht in his concluding remarks asked all the PIs to incorporate principles like Artificial intelligence, Internet of things, robotics, nano and bio technologies while executing the research projects to meet the requirements of stake holders. 

Skill development programme organized for supporting staff of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

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Training on Skill Development for Supporting Staff was organized on 12th March 2019 at this Institute. Six participants have attended this training programme. This programme comprised of lectures and group interactions covering the subject areas of motivation, team work, positive thinking, awareness about general administration, leave rules and record keeping. Dr. P. G. Patil inaugurated the training and taught the trainees about the importance of punctuality, self-responsibility, team work, positive thinking and SWOT analysis of oneself. He also arranged for a group-practical session to reiterate the trainees about the importance of winning together in a team. Other resource persons of this training programme were Dr. V. G. Arude, Dr. P.S. Deshmukh, Shri. S. V. Kokane, Shri. Sunil Kumar and Mrs. Sujata Koshy. This training programme was organized by Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, HRD Nodal Officer and Dr. T. Senthilkumar, HRD Co-Nodal Officer. The programme ended with feedback session and certificates distribution. 


Research Advisory Committee Meeting held at ICAR-CIRCOT

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The 25th Research Advisory committee (RAC) meeting was held during 26-27 February, 2019 in the Conference room to review the progress of research during the last year. Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman, RAC presided over the meeting. Members of RAC Dr. G. S. Nadiger, Former Director of Laboratories, Textiles Committee, Mumbai, Dr. Narendra G Shah, Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT, Mumbai, Dr. B. K. Behera, Head, Department of Textile Technology, IIT, New Delhi, Dr. Debasis Nag, Former Director, NIRJAFT (now NINFET) and Dr. S. N. Jha, ADG (PE), ICAR were present. Members of the Institute Management committee and representative of farmers Shri D. B. Sawale Patil, and Smt. K. S. Somvanshi also attended the meeting.
Dr. P. G. Patil, Director presented the overall achievements of the institute in his welcome speech. Dr. V. G. Arude, Member Secretary RAC presented the action taken report on 24th RAC proceedings. The progress of research work for past one year was presented and the committee appreciated the contributions made by institute in the area of research, skill development, commercialization and revenue generation. The committee deliberated on the work being done and provided valuable inputs and directions for future course of research. 
A publication in Hindi “ICAR-CIRCOT - Rooprekha” was released by the RAC chairman and members.  A MoU was signed between ICAR-CIRCOT and M/s. Plantebase Ventures Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai for “Development of starch based film for packaging” during the meeting.
RAC member Dr. Narenedra G. Shah, Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai delivered a lecture on "Choosing a Research Problem and Delivering a Prototype Solution: Some Case Studies in Agro-process Engineering" on 27-02-2019.   

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