February 07, 2018, Jaipur
ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi organized Institute-NRG Stakeholders Meet 2018 at Jaipur. The Meet was inaugurated by Dr. S. J. Singh, Director, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur. Dr. K. K. Sharma, Director, ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi while welcoming the participants briefed about the purpose of organizing the Meet and the research activities of the ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi.
In the technical session, four scientists of ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi gave presentations on different aspect of NRG sector including NRG production and export, uses of lac, development of derivatives of guar gum and development of hydrogel from guar gum for different applications. The representatives of lac bangle manufacturer form Jaipur expressed their concern on replacement of natural lac by synthetic alternatives in the manufacturing of lac bangles and other lac based handicrafts. They informed about the higher demand of lac dye in the international market and also expressed interest on the development of upgraded machinery for quality lac dye production. One industrialist dealing with guar gum emphasized on the engineering intervention for better extraction of endosperm from the guar seed. The stakeholders and exporters related natural gum sectors identified the researchable problems related to natural resins and gums. The major concerns raised by the stakeholders especially are:
- Lac with assured quality and reasonable rates should be made available to the industries.
- The quality of lac should be ascertained to compete with synthetic alternative in the market
- Govt. intervention is required for constant supply of better quality lac to the industries.
The meeting was attended by 80 stakeholders including artisans of lac bangle making industries, lac resin and lac dye traders, industrialists of guar gum manufacturing industries, scientists of Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Jaipur and ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi.