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CAZRI stands tall amongst ICAR

Correspondent Jodhpur, SEP 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/24/2019 12:01:04 PM IST

Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) which is one of the biggest research institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) stands tall for having distinction of being one of the first institutes in the world exclusively decided to arid zone research and development. 

It was an enriching experience for the seven members of the PIB press tour to Jodhpur Rajasthan, led by Deputy Director PIB, Imphal and in-charge of Nagaland, Abdul Hamid, accompanied by Media and Communication Officer (MCO), PIB Jodhpur, Ashish Verma who visited the campus Tuesday.

CAZRI an autonomous organization working under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Government of India. 

The institute was started in 1952 when Government of India initiated Desert Afforestation Research Station at Jodhpur to carry out research on sand dune stabilization and for establishment of shelter belt plantations to arrest wind erosion. 

In an interaction with the visiting team, Head of Plant Improvement and Test Management, Dr R K Kaul informed that knowing the harsh factor of nature of Rajasthan, the farmers are all prepared for any kind of weather and therefore he said till today there was not asingle farmer suicidal case in Rajasthan. 

He said CAZRI conducts research in such a way that it does not exploit the nature excessively that would impact the younger generation. 

He also informed that Rajasthan being one of the highest producer of apple Ber, also supplies 42 varieties of Ber fruit across the country and abroad (Kenya). The institute conducts multi-disciplinary research to seek solutions to the problems of farming in arid regions of the country and has 32 disciplines. 

The journalist team also interacted with technical officer agricultural technology Information Centre G. S Jodha. During the field visit Principal scientist Dr. Hansraj Mehla informed that Rajasthan itself produce 80% of cluster beans of the country’s requirement, 50% of Moong Bean and sesame and 99% moth bean.  Junior Research Fellow Nimesh Narayan Gautam exhibited the use of thermo meter for soil test while scientist Dr. Soma Shrivastav explained on added value/post harvest production.

CAZRI is also an awardee of Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institution 2017 in Large Institute Category. Rahasthan economy is primarily agriculture pastoral and is among the largest producers of edible oils in India and the second largest producer of oilseeds. Meanwhile the media personnel also visited Tejuva wind farm in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan on September 23. Tejuva wind mill is located approximately 38 kilometres away from Jaisalmer. This wind farm has 96 Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) in operation and it was a part of the Jaisalmer Wind Park, the second largest onshore wind farm in the country. 

Officials of the TWF informed that the wind farms in Rajasthan produces almost 4000 megawatts against the requirement of about 10,000 megawatts in the state. They also visited the famous Jaisalmer fort the same day. Earlier on September 23, the team also had interaction with geology students of Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. 


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