A Model Training Course on ‘Recent Advances in High Value Products and Industrial Applications of Natural Polymers’ was organised at ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi during November 28-December 5, 2018. The training programme was sponsored by Directorate of Extension, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
The concluding function of the training programme was organized here on Wednesday where a total of 21 participants from various universities, institutes, KVKs, officials from State Forest departments, Cooperative federations and Agricultural Departments from Jharkhand (10), Chhattisgarh (6), Uttar Pradesh (1), Delhi (3) and Odisha (1) participated.
Dr KK Sharma, Director, ICAR-IINRG interacted with the participants to get their feedback for improvement in the future programmes. He mentioned that climate change is adversely affecting the cropping pattern worldwide and to ameliorate this change integrated cropping system is essential. Lac cultivation can be integrated with other agricultural crops for better utilization of natural resources.
He emphasized that lac host trees can be grown on the bunds of the agricultural fields and used for lac cultivation. He also stressed that gums are prominently produced in arid regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat, whereas for lac cultivation moderate climatic conditions are more suitable. Though there is no production of lac in Rajasthan but its consumption is highest in value addition and product development. He said that “lakh ke lakhon upayog” from making of bangles and other products for religious use to coating of fruits like kinnow, apples etc. for enhancing their self life. He further said that lac is cultivated by poor people inhabiting tribal areas of the country but it is mostly consumed by rich people.
Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, Head, Process and Product Development Division said that two-way participation from trainees as well as experts was better during training and congratulated the trainees for successful completion of the programme.
Dr. Soumen Ghosal, Head, Lac Production Division suggested trainees to apply the knowledge gained from this training at the field level to develop a chain in the field of natural products. He was hopeful that trainees will play a vital role in creating more awareness in public about natural resins and gums and wished them every success in their life.
The experts, scientists and staff of the institute also attended the valedictory function