Centenary Foundation Day celebrated by ICAR-CIRCOT

Centenary Foundation Day celebrated by ICAR-CIRCOT

3rd December 2023, Mumbai

ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, celebrated its 100th Foundation Day today combined with Agricultural Education Day. The meeting was held on a hybrid mode.

The Chief Guest, Dr. S. N. Jha, Deputy Director General (Engg), emphasized the need for ICAR-CIRCOT to address modern cotton challenges like climate change, carbon emissions, and water scarcity. Dr. Jha also urged a collaborative approach to farm mechanization, utilizing AI, ML, and sensor technology for improved tools for cotton picking and harvesting.

Centenary Foundation Day celebrated by ICAR-CIRCOT

The Special Guest, Dr. T. R. Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), urged for increased efforts in mechanical harvesting, utilizing cotton stalks for value-added products, and enhancing soil health, while advocating for improved cotton value chain through stakeholder participation.

Centenary Foundation Day celebrated by ICAR-CIRCOT

Dr. Narsaiah, Assistant Director General (PE), stressed on development of high-value products from cotton for sustainability. He accentuated the need for innovations in ginning, and trash removal and urged to work on automated sensor-based technologies.

Dr. S. K. Shukla, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, highlighted the year-long activities of the Institute, showcasing developed technologies, externally funded projects, signed MoUs, publications, and infrastructure development. He accentuated the revenue generated by the institute from activities like training, skill development programmes, and testing of samples. Dr. Shukla highlighted the future research thrust areas like traceability, robotic harvester, and cotton testing machines.

Dr. Y. G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-CICR, Nagpur, stressed the need for a paradigm shift in cotton technology, advocating collaboration among institutes for sustainability and emphasised mechanisation and converting cotton stalks into briquettes to tackle issues like pink bollworm.

Dr. KRK Iyer, Former Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, urged employees to pledge to advance the Institute's research momentum for a promising future.

Dr. C. D. Mayee, Former Chairman ASRB, stressed upon the use of AI-based technologies for trash removal to improve the value of India cotton in the World market.

Shri. Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak Group of Companies & Chairman, Textile Advisory Group, applauded the present and past employees of the Institute on the occasion of 100th Foundation Day.

(Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai)