In the late seventies and in the eighties, a significant change took place in the agricultural scenario of the country. This change is marked by the dramatic increase in the number of input suppliers. The change would not have been recognizable but for the fact that the nature of inputs handled by these new agencies was entirely different from those of the earlier industries which were confined to inorganic fertilizers and pesticides. These new agencies were involved in such input supplies as seeds, organic manure, bio-fertilizers, non pesticidal pest management inputs such as pheromone traps, biological pest control agents like parasitoids, predators, antagonistic fungi, pathogenic nematodes, bacteria, fungi etc. which were largely until that time remained within the domains of the Governmental agencies such as the SAUs, State departments of Agriculture, national research institutes/agencies etc. Similarly, the expanding agriculture and related enterprises required other kinds of inputs which included, machinery, agricultural implements, green houses, glass houses, etc. In large measure the needed technological know how for these industries as input was provided by the University. The more important fact is that the University supplied the trained manpower required for these industries.
Similarly, the University also supported the growth of other allied enterprises such as fish processing industry, poultry industry, meat and hide processing, sericulture, floriculture, vegetable processing, and to certain extent the dairy industry. The role of University in supporting these industries was in the form of HRD, man power supply, technical know how, testing products & procedures and trouble shooting.
One aspect of continued support that always existed was in testing the products. Various kinds of products such as fertilizers, pesticides etc. were willingly taken up by the scientists of the University. Such an activity has a dual role of evaluation and certification as to the quality and performance of the product. This technical capability on the part of the scientists has multiple functions of generating policy decisions, certification for field performance, certification for financial institutions such as banks and finally in developing entrepreneurship through advise and training.
Memorandum of Understanding with Private / Public Institutions
University is generating extra-mural resource funding from private and public agencies involved in agriculture for funding programmes of mutual interest. So far, University has entered MOU with Fifty (50) Private / Public institutions for R&D for mutual benefit. Closer collaborations between University and industries concerned are anticipated.
The seed production is an important activity of the University wherein the breeder seeds are produced in several crops, besides, quality planting materials are also produced in Horticulture crops. This programme is very much essential and forms a fundamental step in further spreading the seed production activity through the KSSC and other Agencies in the form of foundation, certified and truthful seeds. During this year, seed village concept was developed and the production programme was taken up in paddy and groundnut.
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