The Indian Council of Agricultural Research acts as a repository of information and provides consultancy on agriculture, horticulture, resource management, animal sciences, agricultural engineering, fisheries, agricultural extension, agricultural education, home science and agricultural communication. It has the mandate to coordinate agricultural research and development programmes and develop linkages at national and international level with related organisations to enhance the quality of life of the farming community. ICAR has established various research centres in order to meet the agricultural research and education needs of the country. It is actively pursuing human resource development in the field of agricultural sciences by setting up numerous agricultural universities spanning the entire country. The Technology Intervention Programmes also form an integral part of ICAR’s agenda which establishes Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) responsible for training, research and demonstration of and new improved technologies.
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute is the country’s premier national Institute for agricultural research, education and extension. It has served the cause of science and society with distinction through first rate research, generation of appropriate technologies and development of human resources. In fact, the Green Revolution was born in the fields of IARI and its graduates constitute the core of the quality human resource in India’s agricultural research and Institute has all along been adjusting and improving its policies, plans and programmes to effectively respond to the needs and opportunities of the nation. During the fifties, the advancement of scientific disciplines constituted the core programme and provided the base for its fast expansion in the 1960s and 1970s in all its three interactive areas, namely, research, education and extension. Besides basic research, applied and commodity research gained great importance resulting in the development of several popular high yielding varieties of almost all major crops and their associated management technologies, which brought about an unprecedented increase in the national food and agricultural production.
Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology is an autonomous institution under the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India. It was established in May 1991 and it has emerged as a reputed R & D centre for the development of safer, efficient and environment friendly pesticide formulations, bio-pesticides, application technologies and analytical methodologies. More than sixty technologies have been developed at IPFT and successfully transferred to various agrochemical industries. It has state-of-art laboratories for pesticide quality control as per BIS and CIPAC and is recognized by CIB & RC for Bio-efficacy for pesticides to be registered for domestic use in house hold and for persistence & residue studies. The Laboratory is NABL Accredited as per ISO/IEC – 17025 for the testing of Pesticides (Technical & Formulations), pesticide residues in various food matrices and CWC related chemicals.
The Society for the Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture (SPSA) was founded in 2008. It is an academic Society devoted to all aspects of the sustainable agriculture and technology with an aim to promote the following objectives: To promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development. To promote good agricultural practice. To promote research in the fields of agriculture and rural development. To promote dissemination of information and the promotion of research including undertaking of studies, techno-economic research and to provide consultation services in the field of agriculture and rural development. To promote export oriented production and development of the scheduled products. To promote the development and commercialization of indigenous technology.
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