Agriculture

IIT Kharagpur inked a MoU with Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth in Digital Farming Solutions

IIT Kharagpur inked a MoU with Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth in Digital Farming Solutions

IIT Kharagpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth (VNMKV), Parbhani, Maharashtra on 03 May 2022 under the World Bank and ICAR sponsored project named "NAHEP-CAAST-DFSRDA" in the presence of Dr. Ashoke Dhawan, Vice Chancellor, VNMKV. The National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) - Centre of Excellence for Digital Farming Solutions enhances productivity by Agri - Bots, Agri - Drones and Agri – AGVs. This institutional collaboration in various spheres of education will enable the students to acquire industry relevant education, training and skills. Both the institutions will indulge in the scope of cooperation in…
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IIT Kharagpur inks an MoU with ORMAS

IIT Kharagpur inks an MoU with ORMAS

Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) of IIT Kharagpur signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) to facilitate rural technological innovation for the growth of Producers’ groups and Producers’ companies providing technological solutions to improve the efficiency of production along with value addition. Both the institution will entail to identify technological needs of the product-based livelihood and engage in relevant R&D to upgrade the existing technology by modifying, redesigning and standardization of the users at grassroots level. Prof V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur stated – “The intent of this MoU is to create…
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IIT Kharagpur inks two MoUs with AARDO & RFRF

IIT Kharagpur inks two MoUs with AARDO & RFRF

IIT Kharagpur signed two MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and Research for Resurgence Foundation (RFRF) on strategic collaboration and mutual cooperation in research, sharing of knowledge & resources. AARDO will cooperate with IIT KGP to achieve common objectives in the field of agriculture and rural development through technological innovations, solutions, interventions and capacity enhancement to benefit and strengthen rural societies by establishing cordial ties, strengthening cooperation and initiating an association between the two organizations for the benefit of rural communities in Africa and Asia. With RFRF, it is a strong academic collaboration by mutually undertaking…
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National Webinar on Leveraging Technology for Good Governance at IIT Kharagpur on 30.09.2021

National Webinar on Leveraging Technology for Good Governance at IIT Kharagpur on 30.09.2021

  The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur invites you to attend the National Webinar on “Leveraging Technology for Good Governance”, on September 30, 2021 (Thursday) on virtual platform from 09:55 AM to 02:55 PM. The event is being organised as a part of the Completion of Programs on Good Governance, organised by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology, will be the Chief Guest and will also present the inaugural address. Shri Rakesh Ranjan, Additional Secretary of the Department…
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MoU with NCDC to Promote Developments in Cooperatives, Agriculture and Allied Sectors

MoU with NCDC to Promote Developments in Cooperatives, Agriculture and Allied Sectors

Highlights: This MoU will promote greater collaboration towards sustainable development in cooperatives, agriculture and allied sectors It will involve advancement of training, action research, studies, policy analysis, policy advice, consultancy, monitoring, evaluation, system development and technology development. It will provide support towards Formation and Promotion of Farmer Producer Organisation It shall have opportunities for trainee/student exchange program including providing internships IIT Kharagpur and the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) have signed an MoU towards greater collaboration in issues and areas related to the development of cooperatives, agriculture and allied sectors and to the holistic approach towards sustainable development. The scope…
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IIT Kharagpur Develops Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields

IIT Kharagpur Develops Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed energy-efficient pest controlling device for smaller agricultural tracts owned by marginal farmers. The research team has developed a self-propelled boom-type sprayer that can be operated using solar energy while safely guided through the crops in smaller tracts of land. The device is aimed to increase field capacity and uniformity in liquid spraying and also to reduce drudgery to the operator and dependency on fossil fuel for carrying out spraying in cropped areas.  Prevention of pests and diseases during different growth stages of crops is an important process to increase its yield. For larger tracts…
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Agri-food startups to play a key role in developing self-reliant India: Shiksha Mantri

Agri-food startups to play a key role in developing self-reliant India: Shiksha Mantri

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ flagged off the Agri-Food Techathon at IIT Kharagpur and also laid the foundation for Agri-Business Incubation Centre, which will incubate innovative ideas in the agriculture and food technology domain for creating Agri-preneures. Addressing the first Agri-Food Techathon organized by NABARD and IIT Kharagpur, Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said that the country's agricultural sector, including our farmers, our villages, are the pillars of self-reliant India. "If they remain strong then the foundation of self-reliant India will be strong and I believe that the role of agri-food startups will be very important in developing a…
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Promotion of Micro-irrigation installation for improving horticultural production

Promotion of Micro-irrigation installation for improving horticultural production

By Prof. K N Tiwari, Dept. of Agricultural and Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur Adoption of micro-irrigation system in the country rose from a meagre 1500 hectares in the 1980s to nearly 86.21 lakh hectares in 2016, yet the technology adoption is confined only to 18 States and the area is negligibly small in most of the eastern and North Eastern States. Presently, this technology is in vogue only for very few crops. Among the horticultural crops, drip technology is adopted mostly, in fruits with a penetration of 34%. This is followed by vegetables (14%), plantation crops (13%), coconut (12%). citrus…
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Automating sugarcane plantation to boost profitability

Automating sugarcane plantation to boost profitability

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed devices for automating a range of functions for planting sugarcane buds, fitted with an autonomous fungicide application with the aim to reduce labour hours and raw material wastage.  Sugarcane is a global industrial crop popular for the production of sugar, bioenergy, paper, ethanol, electricity etc. The economic importance of the crop in India is paramount with the country registering 17% of global sugarcane production, second only to Brazil. But each year the farmers are losing excess cane stalk as seed material due to conventional cultivation practice which is also labour and time-intensive thus increasing…
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IIT KGP Forecasts Facilitating Farming Decisions

IIT KGP Forecasts Facilitating Farming Decisions

IIT Kharagpur's Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa is forecasting climatic risks and advising farmers for better agricultural decision-making Hindustan Times       Live Mint        India Blooms        News 18 (Hindi)         Careers360        The Week      Outlook         News Nation      USA Science News             Financial Express        Republic World       Navbharat Times      The Arunachal Times       Deccan Herald Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed an advanced weather prediction system to facilitate better decision making in agricultural production and reduction of…
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