The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Agricultural Extension Division is one of the Subject Matter Divisions where the major activities are of Assessment and Demonstration of Technology/Products through a network of 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). The Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR, New Delhi is headed by Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) supported by 2 Assistant Director Generals. The thrust areas of Agricultural Extension Division are:
ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur is one of the 11 ICAR-ATARIs formerly known as Zonal Project Directorates (ZPDs) functioning under Division of Agricultural Extension. ICAR has established a vast network of KVKs all over the country under the administrative control of various ICAR institutes, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), State Department of Agriculture, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other institutes for implementing the central governmental projects/schemes. In the Zone, 7 Agricultural Technology Information Centres (ATICs) are working for delivering the “Single Window” delivery system. Since, Zonal Project Directorate has been elevated as ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), the mandates of ICAR-ATARI has also been changed where socio-economic research is one of the integral components.
ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur is mandated to coordinate & monitoring of technology application and frontline extension education programs and strengthening agricultural extension research and knowledge management in Rajasthan, Haryana and New Delhi. During last three years, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur. During the last three years (2014-15 to 2016-17), ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur have conducted 1154 on-farm trails for appropriateness of the location specific technologies.Read More
Dr. M. S. Meena
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Low Cost Storage Structure And Improved Storage Method Enhances Shelf Life Of Garlic
Garlic (Allium sativum L.) is the second most important underground bulb crop after onion grown in irrigated condition and used as a spice or a condiment throughout India. It is also an important foreign exchange earner for India. In Rajasthan, it is largely grown in Baran, Jhalawar, Kota, Bundi (Haroti region), Chittorgarh, Jodhpur and Pratapgarh districts especially along the irrigated tracts. Haroti region is considered as the garlic bowl of Rajasthan, producing 90% of the crop. During the year 2018-19, Garlic has been cultivated on 1.32 lakh ha area in Rajasthan and with average productivity of 5.4 metric tonnes per ha 7.18 lakh metric tonnes production is estimated. It is grown in soybean-garlic based cropping system since two decades. The production made in these areas has its fragrance familiarity in many gulf countries too. Garlic forms principal ingredients in spicy foods especially non-vegetarian cuisines. Spicy preparations based on meat, instant food, chips, papad, etc. draw heavily on garlic or its derivatives. Nowadays pastes, powder, flakes, garlic capsules are catching fast in the market.
Stakeholders meet organized on promotion of crop residue management
One day stakeholders meet under promotion of agricultural mechanization for in-situ crop residue management was organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-II, Jodhpur at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal.
During inaugural session, Dr RRB Singh, Director, NDRI Karnal expressed his concerned that burning crop residue causes phenomenal pollution problem in the atmosphere and huge nutritional loss and physical health deterioration to the soil. Apart from loss of nutrients, some of the soil properties like soil temperature, pH, moisture, available phosphorus and soil organic matter are greatly affected due to burning. He appreciated the collective efforts of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Haryana and Delhi to mitigate situation and to create awareness among farming community. He also emphasized on multi-stakeholders’ participation at local level and focus on youth, women and socially disadvantaged group for addressing this issue.
Dr M.S. Meena, Principal Scientist from ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur gave a brief account of progress made by KVKs on capacity building, environment building and sensitization of the farming community during 2018-19. He appealed for promotion of in-situ management of crop residue by retention and incorporation into the soil using appropriate mechanization inputs. Dr Meena also stressed on developing innovative systems like farmers cooperatives and service window.
ATARI Jodhpur invited guest lectures also for latest technological updates on crop residue management with the stakeholders. Farmers of Haryana and Delhi who are implementing this project also shared their field experiences with experts and farmers.
Dr H N Meena, Project Investigator of this project narrated the plan of project for 2019-20 and also proposed vote of thanks.
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