Nearly half the available human
resources in India, as in other
countries, is women. Women
perform multiple roles in
society. The Centre aims at
creating awareness among rural
women about entrepreneurship
and value addition technologies.
Biopesticides which are derived from plants, microbes or other
natural materials have proven to be safer for humans and the
environment. The demand for biopesticides is rising steadily in all
parts of the world.
Biopesticides provide greater margins of safety for applicators,
farm workers and rural neighbors and have much shorter filed
Restricted Entry Intervals (REIs) which makes it easier for farmers
to complete essential agronomic practices on a timely basis and
schedule harvest operations.
The Centre’s objective is to develop novel biopesticides keeping
the following in mind :
- Enumeration of foods that act as biopesticides.
- Different combinations of foods that act as biopesticides.
- Development of different food combinations in different
concentrations and dilutions as biopesticides.
- Studying effect of formulated biopesticides on different plants.
Development of seed banks:
Our seed bank project is aimed at identifying important traditional
seed varieties and orienting the agricultural community towards
conserving and cultivating them. The main aim is to enhance the
livelihood security of small and marginal farmers through
conservation of indigenous genetic resources and empower them
with organic farming technologies. Setting up farmer’s community
seed banks for seed exchange, distribution and utilization is
one of the objectives of the Centre.
The other objectives include:
- Survey, collection and documentation of indigenous grain
varieties in the study area.
- Encouraging farmers to grow these indigenous varieties
- Creation of awareness in the community.
- Farmers who are interested in cultivating these varieties will
be given the technical know-how of manuring their field
organically, treating pests by natural control methods etc.,
The other R&D issues which need attention are seed resource
assessment, collection and their preservation, increasing
availability of seed, seed setting, inter-cropping, selection of high
yielding crops, developing agro-technologies for different agro
climatic regions and utilization of by-products of various industries
such as biodiesel.
The Centre aims at developing and popularizing the know-how
on cultivation practices under organic farming through alternate
Eco-friendly Technologies like Biofertilizers, Bio-pesticides, Neem