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ICAR-IIHR observes Swachhata Pakhawada from May 16-31, 2017

ICAR-IIHR observes Swachhata Pakhawada from May 16-31, 2017

As per the Office Memorandum No 11-5/2016-GA II dated 5.04.2017 of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India and subsequent circular from ADG (TC), ICAR vide letter No. GAC -21-46/2014-CDN dated 11.05.2017, the ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, organized a series of programmes as per the circulated list of activities proposed to be carried out. The details of the programmes carried out  are as follows:

Activity I :Awareness programme on Compost making   and Bee keeping in ICAR-IIHR adopted villageLinganahalli, Hesaraghatta Hobli, Bangalore Rural

ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, as a part of a series of activities undertaken under Swatchh BharatAbhiyaan, organized an awareness programme on Beekeeping and Compost making using ICAR-IIHR developed technology using identified microbial cultures as a part of strengthening and consolidating ecosystem services in an adopted village, Linganahalli in the Bengaluru Rural district on May 15, 2017. About eighty farmers including rural women participated in the programme. The programme was chaired by Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR. 

A brief introduction about the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan was given by Dr. B. L. Manjunath, Principal Scientist and In-Charge of Institute Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan. Dr. A. K. Chakravarthy, Head Division of Agricultural Entomology and Nematology and Dr. P. V. Rami Reddy, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomologyand Nematology explained about the importance of beekeeping in enhancing productivity of horticultural crops and guidelines to maintain bee colonies. It was stressed that the natural population of honey bees has been dwindling due to several factors like over use of insecticides, loss of natural habitats and monocropping. Hence it was emphasized that there is a critical need to integrate as a part of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), bee colonies in horticultural ecosystems in order to achieve adequate pollination for both enhancing productivity as well as supplement incomes of farmers through honey and other by-products as off-farm activity. In order to motivate the farmers to take up beekeeping, five bee colonies along with saplings of bee flora, Indian Coral creeper(Antigonon leptopus) were distributed to the farmers of the village which were planted and being nurtured .

Dr. G. Selva Kumar Senior Scientist (Agricultural Microbiology) and Dr. T. K. Radha Scientist (Agricultural Microbiology) ,Division of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry , shared detailed methodology of compost making by using ICAR-IIHR developed Arka Microbial Consortium Decomposer for converting organic kitchen and farm wastes into valuable manure for improving soil health through their use in the production of agri-horticultural crops.  The microbial consortium developed by the ICAR-IIHR it was highlighted,hastens up the composting process and the procedure was demonstrated and Arka Microbial Consortium Decomposer formulation packets were distributed to the farmers. Dr. M. R. Dinesh,Director in his presidential address emphasized the importance of maintaining clean environment including soil, water and surroundings and highlighted the role of honey bees in improving the productivity through pollination services for enhanced seed and fruit set in different horticultural crops. He also urged the farmers to make use of various technologies like Arka microbial formulations developed by the Institute to reduce the over dependence on use of chemical fertilizersso as to achieve optimum yield and income without polluting the environment.

A view of the scientists-farmers’ interaction meeting organized by ICAR-IIHR at in the adopted village, Linganahalli, Hesaraghatta village, Bangalore Rural.


Follow up of the above activities was pursued during the Swachhata Pakhwada.

Activity II. Cleanliness Drive in Hesaraghatta village, Bangalore Rural

            A cleanliness drive was organized at Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru North on 23rd May, 2017 in association with the Soil Survey of India, Kodigenahalli, Bangalore, Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO), Hessaraghatta and Central Fodder Research Institute, Hessaraghatta.

    The central part of the village was cleaned up with the involvement of the staff of all the four organizations in co-ordination with the Local Panchayat Office. An awareness drive was organized by visiting individual shops for segregation and safe disposal of the garbage. The efforts were appreciated by the Hon’ble MLA Shri. S.R. Vishwanath,who presided over the concluding function and urged all the residents to be a part of the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan.

A view of the cleanliness drive organized

A view of the cleanliness drive organized through participation of the local people.


Activity III. Demonstration of safe disposal of Pesticide containers

            A drive on the creation of awareness on the safe use of pesticides in different crops and safe disposal of the pesticide containers was organized on 24th May, 2017 in Agrahara village, Bengaluru North. On the occasion, Dr. Chakravarthy, Principal Scientist& Head, Division of Entomology and Nematology and Dr. Sriram, Division of Plant Pathology created awareness on the safe use and disposal of the pesticide containers among the farming community.


Activity IV.Demonstration of Organic wastes decomposition and Safe Ripening of Mango using Ripening Chamber (Calcium Carbide – free mangoes)

            In order to create an awareness on the Organic wastes decomposition for use as valuable manure and usage of Mango Ripening Chamber for safe ripening (calcium carbide-free mangoes), a programme was organizedby the Institute in coordination with HOPCOMS, Lalbagh, Bangalore (State Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka), Bangalore on Thursday, the 25th May, 2017. The programme was graced by Dr. M.R. Dinesh,Director, ICAR-IIHR and the Managing Director, HOPCOMS with about 50 farmers participating in the fruit and vegetable auction center early in the morning at HOPCOMS, Lalbagh, Bangalore. The HOPCOMS market yard site at which fruit and vegetable wastes is accumulating daily in large quantities was selected for the demonstration of recycling . Practical demonstration for faster decomposition of fruit and vegetable waste using the ArkaMicrobial Consortia Decomposer developed by the Institute was undertaken.

Scientists of ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore explaining about the usage of Mango Ripening Chamber for safe ripening (calcium carbide-free mangoes at HOPCOMS, Lalbagh, Bangalore (State Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka)

Scientists of ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore explaining about themethodology forVegetables and fruitswastes decomposition for use as valuable manureat HOPCOMS, Lalbagh, Bangalore (State Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka). Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore led the campaign


Activity V. Cleanliness drive organized at the Institute

            A cleanliness drive was organized at the Institute premises on 25th May, 2017(Afternoon) with the involvement of all the staff of the Institute. The Institute campus roads and the vacant spaces around the laboratory buildings were cleaned up on the occasion. Dr. M.R. Dinesh , Director, ICAR-IIHR led this campaign.

A view of the cleanliness drive undertaken at ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore by the staff of the institute


Activity VI.Guest Lecture by Dr. TejaswiniAnantkumar

            As a part of the Swatchh Bharat Pakhwada celebrations, a Guest lecture was organized on Friday, the 26th May, 2017 at the Institute. On the eve, a Mango Diversity fairshowcasing the variability of mango germplasm numbering to over 350 collections conserved at ICAR-IIHR , Bangalore were displayed to the visitorswhich was also inaugurated by the Guest, Dr. Tejaswini Anantkumar.

            Dr. Tejaswini Anantkumardelivered a lecture on “Cleanliness and Life Style” in which she highlighted not only on the new initiatives taken by the ‘AdamyaChethana’, the organization which the guest speaker is heading but also narrating several new initiatives that could be followed by a common man including ‘Green Bangalore 1:1’ initiated by Hon’ble M.P. and Union Cabinet Minister Hon’ble ShriAnantkumar.  Dr. M.R.Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR lauded the efforts and emphasized the need for the  involvementand active participation of the each of the staff in the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan

Dr. Tejaswini Anantkumar being explained by Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR , Bangalore about the variability of mango germplasm numbering to over 350 collections conserved at ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore

Dr. Tejaswini Anantkumar being felicitated by Dr. M.R. DineshICAR-IIHR , Bangalore on the occasion


Activity VII.Tree plantingprogramme in coordination with Gram Panchayat, Huralichickanahalli, Hesaraghatta Hobli

A tree planting programme was organized by the Institute on 30th May, 2017 by the Institute   in coordination with the Gram Panchayat, Huralichickanahalli. Smt. Shashikala Hanumaiah,President of the Panchayatalongwith the villagers participated in the programme.  About 100 tree saplings consisting of five different multi-purpose tree species were planted by the participating staffand villagers as avenue plants near Sasuveghatta under the Panchayat in Bengaluru North taluk.  Staff of Soil Survey of India also participated in the event and awarenesson conservation of environment for ensuring quality life was created.

Activity VIII.Cleanliness drive at Ivarakandapura , Hesaraghatta Hobli , a village adopted by ICAR-IIHR under  Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan

A cleanliness drive was organized at Ivarakandapura, Bengaluru North on 30th May, 2017 by the Institute   in coordination with CPDO, Hesaraghattain which the staff of theInstitute also participated. The highlight of the programme was the active participation of the school children in the programme which has resulted in creating large scale impact on the awareness drive of the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaaninitiatives .

A view of the participants in the cleanliness drive undertaken in Ivarakandapura,Hesaraghatta Hobli , a village adopted by ICAR-IIHR under  Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan


Activity IX.  Weeding of old files / registers 

As part of Swatchh Abhiyaan and Swachhata Pakhwada, the Administration wing of ICAR-IIHR initiated measures to identify old files and records of Establishment, Cash and Bill, Purchase and also records of Divisions. Accordingly, the Establishment, Cash and Bill and Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry have identified as per Records Retention Schedule 144, 490 and 66 files/records respectively which are no more to be preserved and such files/records will be destroyed and records will be maintained to this effect. Efforts are also being initiated to digitalize all the available fixed assets with complete details as regards to the name of equipment, fixture, furniture etc., with cost, year of purchase, location where the item is installed/usedetc., .


Activity X.  Valedictory Session

          Coinciding with the concluding day of the Swatchh Bharat Pakhwada, a valedictory session was organized on 31 May,2017.  Dr. Naveen Khargekar, Consultant, Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Bangalore was the chief guest on the Occasion. During the session, a brief report on the activities carried out duringthe Pakhwada was presented by Dr. B.L.Manjunath, member, MGMG &Swatchh BharatMission Implementation committee of the Institute.  A guest lecture on preventive measures for cancer was also delivered by the Chef Guest. Dr. M.R.Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore graced the occasion and urged the staff to keep a clean environment at the working place for ensuring healthy mind and quality life.

Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore speaking during the valedictory of Swatchh Bharat Pakhwada held on 31 May, 2017