Rattan Tata Trust to upscale PAU's RGR projects

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Ludhiana, Apr 11 (UNI) Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) plans to upscale the level of funding individual projects of the Reviving Green Revolution (RGR) Cell, in view of encouraging results of its collaboration with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The RGR Cell of SRTT has been established at PAU as part of the efforts towards reviving green revolutionand the SRTT has taken the issues of stagnating agriculture, increasing poverty in terms of extreme indebtedness of farmers in Punjab, a PAU release said here.

The RGR Cell also plans to collaborate with other organisations like Punjab State Farmers Commission, NGOs, cooperative societies, and private sector to attract still more financial support for this new model of generation and transfer of technology, the release said.

The SRTT has provided funds since 2002 to PAU and Department of Agriculture to develop and popularise the adoption of viable agro-technologies that can reverse the direction of decreasing farm productivity and economic returns from agriculture.

Recently, a number of competent advisors, consultants and field officers have been contracted to implement the programme of the Trust,which would focus on prioritized areas of funding PAU for the development of mega demonstration of viable technologies that can be further upscaled by the Department of Agriculture, Punjab.

The Cell would serve as an idea incubator based on research emanating from laboratories and fields. It has already demonstrated economics of summer groundnut variety, SG-99 and largescale impact of integrated pest management (IPM) technology in cotton.

The experts of the Trust have selected 225 villages along with one scout for each of these villages to implement the programme in the coming Kharif season.


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