Both institutes intend to promote precision farming and sustainable development
The fertiliser cooperative, IFFCO’s (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) research and development unit, the Nano Biotechnology Research Centre (NBRC) has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for research consultancy, knowledge transfer and collaborative projects.
In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi’, IFFCO intends to develop highly advanced agricultural technological projects and promote precision farming and sustainable development in the country to double farmer’s income by 2022. The collaboration emphasises on focused joint research through sharing laboratories of IIT Delhi and IFFCO and providing research consultancy.
The MoU will broaden the scope for research and technological development in the field of agriculture. It will also facilitate advanced research in the area of nanotechnology for futuristic applications. IFFCO scientists and engineers will work with academic research faculty and scholars of IIT Delhi in addressing challenging agricultural and environmental related problems to find innovative solutions.
V Ramgopal Rao, director, IIT Delhi, welcomed this initiative and said, “Impetus to research and innovations will help in achieving the modern agriculture system, which will be beneficial for farmers of the country. IIT Delhi is happy to collaborate with IFFCO and work together on futuristic technologies of mutual interest.”
Anurag S Rathore, dean, corporate relations, IIT Delhi said, “It’s a matter of pride that this collaboration with IIT Delhi will benefit farmers immensely and look forward to some engaging work in the research areas like nanotechnology and material science, chemical engineering, agriculture technologies, environmental science and technology, rural development, data science, nano-bio interface and many more in due course of time.”
Earlier, IFFCO introduced the world’s first nano urea liquid through a proprietary technology developed at the Nano Biotechnology Research Centre of IFFCO at Kalol. A 500-ml bottle of IFFCO this liquid replaces at least one bag of conventional urea thus reducing the input cost to farmers. The translation of nano urea liquid for farmers will boost a balanced nutrition programme by reducing the excess use of urea application in the soil. This will help in reducing environmental pollution and improving soil health.
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