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National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), ICAR and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a two day workshop on ‘Impact of capacity building programs under NAIP’ on June 6-7, 2014 at AP Shinde Auditorium, NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The main purpose of the workshop was to present and discuss the findings of the impact evaluation study on capacity building programs under NAIP by IFPRI. The scientists from ICAR and agricultural universities were sent abroad to receive training in specialized research techniques. Post-training, scientists were expected to work on collaborative projects within the ICAR, which would further enrich their knowledge and skills, expand their research network and stimulate them’ to improve their productivity, creativity and quality of their research. The ICAR commissioned with IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) to undertake an evaluation of these capacity building programs under NAIP in July 2012. The workshop shared the findings on the impact of capacity building programs under NAIP and evolve strategies for future capacity building programs

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  1. 1. Albert Einstein
  2. 2. • Mechanization of agriculture was considered one of the top ten engineering achievements of the previous century • The incorporation of electronics and control systems will be one of the next great achievement in ag equipment Vision document: ASABE
  3. 3. Sensor Based Applications including Bio-indicators Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis 22.04.2010 to 20.07.2010 (3 months) P. K. Sahoo (sahoopk_1965@rediffmail.com) Division of Agricultural Engineering Indian Agricultural research Institute Pusa, New Delhi-110012
  4. 4. Research Work undertaken/techniques learned during training Machine vision system for VRA Automatic weed controller
  5. 5. Wireless sensor network for precision fertigation • Problem - variability in soil, elevation, genetics, plant type, localized pest/disease • Goal : site-specific control – divide field into smaller management units • Valve wiring - time, cost, connectors, damage, max length, retrofit difficult Wireless control • Application in nurseries, landscapes, greenhouses, orchards, vineyards
  6. 6. Field Controller Node #1 Node #2 Node #5 Node #4 Node #6 Node #3 Mesh Network Example
  7. 7. Wireless Node Prototypes Ni-Cd battery Wireless module (MICA 2) I/O terminals Latching valve Dipole antenna Solar panel
  8. 8. Fertigation Uniformity Tests
  9. 9. Site-specific fertigation with a wireless irrigation control network Robert Coates, Pramod K. Sahoo, Michael Delwiche ASABE Annual Meeting 2010 Paper #1009246 Fertigation techniques for use with multiple hydrozones in simultaneous operation Robert Coates, Pramod K. Sahoo, Lawrence J. Schwankl, Michael Delwiche Precision Agric DOI 10.1007/s11119-011-9239-0
  10. 10. Teaching: Machinery Systems for Precision Agriculture (M.Tech. & Ph.D. students) National Training on “Sensor based application for enhancing input use efficiency by wireless irrigation and fertigation control” (14.02.2012 to 27.02.2012) Resource Person in NAIP sponsored training on “Enhancing the input application efficiency by using precision farm machines, remote and ground sensor” at PAU, Ludhiana (14th–23rd Nov., 2011) Resource Person in the International Training Programme on “Application of Remote Sensing & GIS in Agricultural Surveys” held at IASRI, New Delhi (8th Jan. to 7th Feb., 2012 and 24th Jan. to 13th Feb., 2013)
  11. 11. Sensor based application for enhancing input use efficiency by wireless irrigation and fertigation control Trainees from: 6 states (Delhi, UP, Karnataka, Rajasthan, J&K and Meghalaya) 4 ICAR Institutes (IARI, IISR, DMR, ICAR Res. Complex for NEH) 3 SAUs (MPUAT, Udaipur; UAS, Raichur; SKUAST, Kashmir, J&K) 7 Disciplines (SWCE, Agronomy, FMP, Soil Science, Horticulture, Soil Physics, SCAC) Faculty: International Dr.S.K.Upadhyaya, Professor & Advisor PG Studies Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis, California ICAR Institutes: IARI; NCIPM; CIAE, Bhopal; IISR, Calicut CDAC, Hyderabad NCPAH, MoA, GOI Netafim Irrigation Ltd; Jain Irrigation Pvt. Ltd; Metos India Pvt. Ltd; Trimble Systems; Harvel Irrigation Pvt. Ltd; Automat Industries
  12. 12. Impact Assessment of the National Training Research Projects: Sensor based application of N in wheat crop Precision input applications using plant and soil sensors in major cropping systems in different ecological regions of India Development of wireless sensors based variable rate applicator for precise application of water and fertilizers Precision input applications in crops and cropping systems using plant and soil sensors in different eagro-climatic regions of India Students’ thesis: Development of sensor based scheduling in micro-irrigation system Development of indigenous sensor network based irrigation system for improving agricultural water productivity Design and Development of metering system for variable rate fertilizer applicator