Most significant achievements of 2020-21 & 2021-22 and The target for 2022-23.

1)   Most Significant achievements of 2020-21 & 2021-22

Achievements of 2020-21: 

  • Retting accelerator “NINFET-Sathi” powder formulation with two modifiers in an effective and farmer-friendly approach.
  • A process methodology for preparing instant jute leaf tea was developed
  • Optimisation of processing variable for the development of whole jute plant-based particleboard
  • Double Roller Banana Pseudo-Stem Fibre Extractor for extraction of banana fibre
  • Pineapple Leaf Fibre Extractor for extraction of PALF.

Achievements of 2021-22:

  • Methodology for bio-solubilisation of keratin from sheep wool has been developed by using R31 bacterial culture isolated from Chicken Shop waste.
  • 100!% woollen yarn has been dyed in 10 different shades for product development.
  • Developed juco fabric in automatic repair power loom for the development of low-cost disposable carry bags.
  • Mass Media campaign and demonstration about the Accelerated Retting of Jute with NINFET-Sathi (a jute retting accelerator) @Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav.

2)    Most Significant targets for 2022-23: 

Proposed output 

Development/ refinement of equipment/ machines for natural fibre extraction and processing
No.   of   new equipment/ machines developed
Development           of technology/ process protocol/ product for
processing and value addition of agro-produce.
No.   of   process   protocols
developed for value addition
No. of   new   value-added products developed
Field evaluation and front-line demonstration of the newly developed/           improved prototypes/ technology/ process
No.         of        front-line demonstrations of improved prototypes conducted
No. of   demonstration   of technology/ process
Training of the farmers, entrepreneurs for custom hiring, utilization and maintenance of equipment/ machines related to farm mechanization, processing and value addition
No. of training for unemployed youth on natural fibre organized.
Enhanced level of natural fibre extraction and processing
The expected increase in input use efficiency over the previous year (!%)
Increased level of natural fibre utilization
Natural fibre processing facility developed
Increased in different natural fibre-based value-added product
Natural fibre based valued-added products
Assessment report of prototypes developed
The machine developed for stakeholders
Demonstration area covered under the technology/ process
Advanced/ improved retting technology
ha area
Skill development on Natural fibre handicrafts for unemployed youth
Self-employment generation on natural fiber handicrafts manufacturing
2 units
3)   Achievements during last seven years (2014-21) 
Thrust Area I: Instrumentation and machinery development for extraction and processing of natural fibres.
Development of a new grading system for jute:

ICAR-NINFET has modified the Jute Fibre Grading System, in which the grades have been reduced to five grades (TD-1 to TD-5) from the existing eight grading system (TD-1 to TD-8). The modified grading system has been approved by BIS as Fifth Revision (IS 271:2020). Commission for Agricultural Cost & Price (CACP), Govt. of India adopted five grading systems for fixing the minimum support price (MSP) of Jute and Mesta

Developed Grading Instruments

  • Digital Fineness Meter 
  • Fiber Bundle Strength Tester 
  • Color Meter (Handy Type)
  • Colour and Lustre meter
  • Moisture Meter (Handy Type)  
  • Digital Moisture Meter
Mechanization of natural fibre extraction
  • Power ribbinor for jute with 10-12!!!% higher fibre recovery. Retting of ribbons requires less water and a capacity of 150 kg green biomass per hour. The cost of the Power ribbinor for jute is 75000.00 INR.
  • Pineapple leaf fibre extractor with multi-leaf feeding system & serration roller replaced with combing roller capacity of 30 Kg Green Leaves (1 Kg dry fibre). The cost of the extractor is 130000.00 INR.
  • Banana fibre extractor with eliminated Backward dragging of beaten sheath capacity of 120-150 green (1.2 -1.5 Kg dry fibre). The cost of the extractor is 130000.00 INR.
 Developed digital drape meter for lignocellulosic fabrics.
 Developed portable water tank fast retting of jute ribbons and barky jute.
 Developed prototype of improved & high-capacity power ribonner
 Developed an automatic strength testing instrument and integrated grading instrument for natural fibres.
Thrust Areas II: Quality improvement and value chain on natural fibres.
 “NINFET-Sathi”: Developed retting accelerator “NINFET-Sathi” powder formulation This technology leads to 50!% water saving, time reduced to 10 days and improvement in fibre quality (1-2 grade)which gives additional income to the Jute growers.
  Developed a Jute/Mesta retting technology with bacterial culture isolated from the termite gut.
  Developed Indian flax fibre-based technical textiles
  Modification of yak fibre for making it suitable for the production of blended yarn in jute spinning system and Optimization of spinning parameters for the production of Jute /raw yak fibres based blended products
 Developed low area density jute non-woven: PLA thermal bonded fabric for low cost, strong and fancy bags.
 Developed decorative woven jute-cotton blended fabrics for multiple uses
 Development & Application of Non-woven Jute Mulching Material (NJM)
 Establishment of value chain under-exploited natural fibres like animal fibre Angora, and Yak and Vegetable fibre like nettle, okra, Indian flax and hemp.
Thrust Area III: Sustainable processing and by-product utilization of natural fibres and their plant
 Developed an innovative and sustainable bleaching process for jute and allied fibres
 Developed handmade paper and paper-based utilities from banana plant residues left after sap extraction.
 Developed banana adhesive-bonded & sunn-hemp-polypropylene thermal bonded product
 Utilisation of the nonwoven jute composite sheet as household products
 Developed a protocol for preparing beverage (Jute Leaf Tea): A Health Supplement
Thrust Area IV: Application of nanotechnologies in the field of natural fibres.
  Optimization of jute stick based activated carbon for removal of heavy metals (Pd, Cd, As) from water, removal of synthetic dyes from effluent and as a matrix clean-up in pesticide residue analysis.
●  Standardized a protocol for microbial dissolution of keratin from coarse wool. Extracted keratin was purified and characterized.
  Developed a protocol for MCC and nano cellulose from cellulose extracted from jute stick and whole plant.

4) Upload important documents on the ICAR website

 ICAR-NINFET has developed accelerated retting of jute which certainly augment the production of jute per drop of water and improve fibre quality. This developed Retting technology leads to
      ● Water saving (50!%)
      ● Time (10 days)
      ● Improvement in fibre quality (1-2 grade).
      ● Additional Rs. 3000 / tonnes of jute fibre
      ● Patenting & Branding: Patent filed and Trademark acquired (NINFET-Sathi)
      ● Commercialization: MoA signed with M/s Quality Export
      ● Area covered: 200 Ha
5)  Upload Divisional achievements on the ICAR website:
Methodology for bio-solubilisation of keratin from sheep wool has been developed by using R31 bacterial culture isolated from Chicken Shop waste.
6)  Need 3rd party impact assessment of developed technologies: each institute to provide input.
The following technologies have been assessed by the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development, Administrative Staff College of India Bella Vista, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad-500082.
  • Jute-based Warm Textile
  • Jute bio-composite based Furniture and Crafts
  • Fibre Grading Instruments 
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