Jodhpur, September 24: In an effort to uplift the socio-economic condition of the people of arid zone in Rajasthan, the Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) Jodhpur has managed to bring reformation in the State by reducing desert efficacy by converting the sand areas into producers of different vegetable and fruits.
CAZRI is one of the biggest research institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) having distinction of being one of the first institutes in the world exclusively dedicated 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 a single farmer suicide 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 thermometer while scientist Dr. Soma Shrivastav explained on added value/post harvest production.
On September 23, the team visited one of the Wind Mill located at Tejuva, Jaisalmer.
Situated 38 kilometres away from Jaisalmer, Tejuva wind farm with 96 Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) in operation is a part of the Jaisalmer Wind Park which is also the second largest onshore wind farm in the Country.
An initiative of the Central Government through the Ministry of New & Renewable Sources of Energy(MNRE), the Jaisalmer Wind Park was initiated in 2001 and currently managed by Suzlon Energy Limited, he said.
Senior Manager of the plant, Manoj Kumar Verma informed that 96 wind turbines have been installed at the area where 201.6 Megawatts of energy can be generated.
Briefing the visiting journalists on the functioning of the wind power plant, Assistant General Manager Suresh Bagada said the installed wind turbine has a durability of 20 years.
He informed that Rajasthan state has a power requirement of approximately 10000 Megawatts out of which 4000 Megawatts is being generated though wind power plants.
On the prospect of setting up wind mills in Nagaland, Suresh said that elevation should not be an issue for the state, but the primary requirement is 3 years of Wind Data to ascertain if a place is suitable to be installed with such plants.
The team also visited the famous Jaisalmer fort the same day.
Earlier on September 22, the team had interaction with geology students of Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.
Mention may be made here that for the first time in last almost two decade, PIB has initiated media tour for local journalists of Nagaland.
The tour is from September 20-27 and the team is visiting centrally sponsored schemes at Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts of Rajasthan.
(Page News Service)