ICAR-NIRJAFT, January 31, 2018:
 
The 69th meeting of the Institute Management Committee (IMC) of the ICAR-NIRJAFT held on 30.01.2018. The meeting was attended by members viz. Dr. S. N. Jha ADG(PE) ICAR, Dr. Alok Nath Roy Director(Acting), Dr. Niranjan Prasad of IINRG Ranchi, Dr. Sabyasachi Mitra of CRIJAF, Dr. Indra Mani Mishra of IARI, Sh. Amitabh Singh FAO and Sh. Navin Kumar Jha SAO. Total 7 members of IMC were present during meeting. Chairman and members of QRT also present during meeting. The Head of Divisions of NIRJAFT also present during meeting.

 

ICAR-NIRJAFT, February 17, 2018:
 
The Technology and Machinery Demonstration Mela 2018 held on February 17, 2018 Organised by ICAR-NIRJAFT. Farmers related to jute cultivation from Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav adopted villages of Nadia, 24 Parganas (South), Howrah and Hooghly districts have participated this programme.
The programme started with welcome address by Dr. A. N. Roy, Director (Acting), ICAR-NIRJAFT followed by inauguration of the demonstration stall.
Various products and technologies developed in the Institute were shown through exhibits and live demonstration of extraction and processing machineries. The participants were visited to different technologies, products and process related to jute and allied fibres & briefed about the machineries and technologies developed in the institute and their need for extraction, quality determination and product diversification in jute & allied fibre sector.

A self-Sponsor training Programme on “Advanced Jute Handicrafts” for two weeks from February 12-24, 2018 have been organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata -700040 for sustainability of entrepreneurship development and self-employment generation. In the training programme twenty two (22) persons were participated, among them 17 were female and 5 were male. In this training programme different types of Idols, scenery, and decorative items were fabricated from jute fibre by the participants.

 

ICAR-NIRJAFT, January 03, 2018:

The institute celebrated its 80th foundation day here today. Present and retired employees of the institute have attended the programme along with the other invited guests.

The event acted as a live social media for the day, where the ex-employees have intermingled with each other and exchanged their memories gathered over the year. The serving employees rejoiced after uniting with their old colleagues and brought the past into a present form inside the buzzing campus. After the on-campus socialization, the participants have assembled in the institute auditorium.

The event began with a chorus song by Leena, Chandra, Ipsita, Deb Prasad & Syco. Their soft and melodious voice has played the strings of the hearts and minds of the people present in the institute auditorium. Then after the dignitaries joined with the auspicious lamp lightening ceremony.

Dr. A.N. Roy, Director (Acting) has welcomed the dignitaries on dais, invited guests, retired employees and present staff members. He has reminded the august gathering about the great achievements of our glorious organization with the hope of taking it to the further level by the present employees.  Dr. Nawab Ali, former DDG (Engineering), ICAR and Chief Guest of the event has delivered the foundation day lecture. He has emphasized upon the research on frontier areas for diversification and value addition to natural fibres. Dr. D. Sur, former Senior Deputy Director, IJIRA and Guest of Honour of the event in his address urged the scientists to take forward the legacy of the past researchers in doing research and extension for the upliftment of jute growers and jute industry. Dr. G. Bose, Head, Mechanical Processing Division has presented last year’s achievements of the institute and new R&D programmes initiated.

 

The latest issue of the annual hindi magagine of the institute “DEVANJALI”was released by the dignitaries on dais. Distribution of certificates & trophies to the winners of the Quiz Competition held in connection with this event was part of this annual event.

 

 

Celebration of the World Soil Day, December 5, 2016: The World Soil Day has been successfully celebrated by the ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT) at one of the adopted village under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG). The MGMG Nodal Officer, Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, P.S. (Textile Manufacture) of ICAR-NIRJAFT, Dr.Biplab Saha, P.S. (Soil Science) and Mr. Koushik Mitra has visited the village, Bhabanipur on 5th December, 2016 to celebrate this World Soil Day. Village community, Gram Panchyat Members and Panchyat Samiti and members of Bhabanipur Horticulture Development Co-Operative Society Ltd., Bhabanipur, P.O. Srikrishnapur, P.S. Haringhata, Dist. Nadia, Pin 746711, West Bengal. Mr. Bhajon Mondal, G.P. Member, Fatepur Village, Mr. Maula Baksha Mondal, Karmadhakshya, Haringhata P.S., and Mr. Pintu Mandal, Secretary, Bhabanipur Horticulture Development Co-Operative Society LCetd., Bhabanipur have graced the programme. Total 31 farmers have attended this progrmme along with six female members of the village.

Dr. Sanjoy Debneth, P.S. (Textile Manufacture) and MGMG Nodal Officer of ICAR-NIRJAFT welcomed the Gram Panchyat guests and Secretory of the Co-Operative society, Bhabanipur and farmers of the village present over there and briefed about the World Soil Day Programme. The dignitaries on the Dias also mentioned the importance of the soil and thanks the ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata to organize such programme on this auspicious occasion. After the inaugural session, Dr. Biplab Saha, P.S. (Soil Science), ICAR-NIRJAFT welcomed the farmers and panchayat members and delivered a lecture on different aspects of soil. In his lecture he mentioned about the composition of soil, nutrients and micro-nutrients, different organic and inorganic fertilizers, the importance of appropriate fertilizer, erosion of soil and protection for that, sustainability of the soil health, importance of soil health card, importance of micro-nutrients and bio-fertilizer in maintaining soil health, etc. Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, P.S. (Textile Manufacture) welcomed all and delivered a lecture on application of agro-textile, jute mulching, advantages of jute mulch over plastic and other natural mulch, multi-advantages of the jute mulch, soil erosion control and environ-friendly aspects of jute mulch for soil, etc. There were lot of discussions on these above two lectures and farmers over there have clarified various aspects to maintain the good soil health.

The meeting ended with the vote of thanks to all the members present over the World Soil Day celebration programme at the village.

Biswanath College of Agriculture, Biswanath, Chariali, November 30, 2016: A Brainstorming workshop on Production and Grading of Ramie Fibre was held at Biswanath College of Agriculture at Biswanath Chariali under Assam Agricultural University on 30.11.2016. The Workshop was jointly organized by ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology and Biswanath College of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University.

In his inaugural address Prof. (Dr.) T.C.Baruah, Associate Dean of Assam Agricultural University, expressed his happiness for the initiative taken by ICAR for conducting this workshop on ramie production and grading in region particularly in Assam and also appreciated the ICAR-NIRJAFT on ramie for an effort towards development of new ramie grading system.

On this occasion Dr.Gautam Roy, Director (acting), ICAR-NIRJAFT accentuated on the involvement of local youth for enhancement of area under ramie cultivation. He acknowledged the Assam Agricultural University for their strident work towards ramie cultivation and germplasm development. He urged to develop the ramie marketing sector in a scientific way matching the global best practices to promote it as an enterprise that can provide employment to the youths of the region.

Prof. (Dr.) H.C.Bayan, the Principal Investigator of Consortium Research Platform in his deliberation emphasized upon cultivation and production practices of ramie suitable for the area.

Dr. Subhas Chandra Saha, Senior Scientist and Convener of the programme deliberated to promote and accelerate the progress of research and training in Ramie cultivation and grading for better remuneration to the farmers.

The workshop was organized to promote the ramie cultivation in the Assam-Brahmapura Basin and gain its lost glory on this strongest bust fibre.

ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, November 5, 2016: ICAR-NIRJAFT observed Vigilance Awareness week programme in the institute. Pledge taking ceremony was administered to all officials and staffs on October 31, 2016. Weeklong programme like debate competition, quiz competition, essay writing competition was arranged in the institute as well as in a nearby school. Closing ceremony for vigilance Awareness week programme was held on November 5, 2016. In this ceremony, Dr. N.C. Pan, Vigilance Officer has given welcome address. Dr. G. Roy, Director (Acting), ICAR-NIRJAFT elaborated the importance of vigilance Awareness week. In this occasion, Chief Guest was Mr. B.B. Chakraborty, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, CBI. He has given the overview of Vigilance Awareness and Government Rules and regulation in this regard. He also explained that the initiative to eradicate corruption should be started from school level.

Dr. L.K. Nayak, Senior Scientist proposed vote of thanks.

 ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, November 4, 2016: ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata organized a special Innovation Cell brainstorming lecture on "Innovation thru' Matrix R&D Approach in Jute Sector" at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata on November 4, 2016.

Dr. Raj Kachru, Ex-Assistant Director General (Process Engg. & ARIS), ICAR and Former Member (AGM, ICAR) delivered a lecture on “Innovation thru' Matrix R&D Approach in Jute Sector". He briefly mentioned the importance of jute sector in Indian economy, especially in West Bengal. He also pointed out that in near future jute products need to be diversified for different end uses over the mandatory packaging material. The jute value chain was analysed by SWOT analysis. From the discussion, it was emerged that there is a need of entrepreneurial support & greater synergy with Govt. vis-a-vis technology upgradation & modernization. Indeed emphasis was given on developing new and non-traditional markets by exploiting the versatility of Jute & Allied Fibres through multidimensional and multi-fibres research approach. About 100 eminent persons of from the various jute and allied fibres related academic institute, research organization and industry actively participated in this brainstorming session.

 ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, October 26, 2016: ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata successfully conducted a winter school on “Value addition in jute and allied fibres through product diversification & waste utilization” from 15th September to 5th October 2016. 23 participants from different organizations have participated in this Winter School. Lectures on different aspects of value addition & waste utilisation on jute and allied fibres, field visits, demonstrations and group presentations were part of this 21- Days programme.

In the valedictory function, Dr. Asit Kumar Chakravarti, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, West Bengal has graced the occasion as Chief Guest and distributed the certificates. Dr. A.N. Roy, Course Director has presented the training report and Dr. L. Ammayappan, Co-Course Director has proposed the Vote of thanks,

 ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, August 25, 2016: A six days long hands on skill training programme on “Manufacture of jute Handicrafts” under Agri Business Incubation (ABI) Project, ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata was inaugurated at KVK, Bhadrak (OUAT) Odisha here today.

Dr. S.S. Mohapatra, ADR, RRTTS, Bhadrak has graced the occasion as Chief Guest and complemented the effort of ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata & KVK, Bhadrak for jointly organizing this skill development programme.

Shri R. Mohanty, AGM, NABARD, Bhadrak has spoken about the facilities available for setting up enterprises.

Dr. Aurobindo Das, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK, Bhadrak has highlighted upon the role of KVK in developing rural entrepreneurs through jute handicrafts.

Dr. Laxmikanta Nayak, Senior Scientist, ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata has briefed about the ABI project.

Fifteen progressive farmers associated with agro-based craft works of Bhadrak district, Odisha have participated in this programme.

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