A thematic meeting on “Application of Radiation Technology and Radioisotopes in the field of Agriculture, Food and Health” was held on May 28-30, 2014 at AAU under the aegis of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay. The Meeting was attended by Padma Shri Shri Sekhar Basu, Director, BARC, Trombay, with a team of 22 scientists from BARC and several other dignitaries.
Sri Basu said the second green revolution would be related to nuclear agriculture. Narrating a success story of BARC in this regard, he said the centre had produced a variety of groundnut using irradiation method that yielded 7,000 kg per hectare whereas the average yield is 1,500 kg. Sri Basu also spoke about how irradiation could help get rid of bacteria and insects from crops. This would result in good export quality as well as longer shelf life, he said.
Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, AAU, Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah said the university had prepared seven mega projects and around 50 small projects where the two institutes could work together.
Dr. G. N. Hazarika, Director of Research (Agri), said one of the projects that would be discussed involved mapping of groundwater to find where artesian wells were present with a water-tracer technology brought out by BARC.
As many as fifty five concept notes from scientists across the North East were presented in the meeting. A students’ session was also held where the students delivered presentations on the use of radiation technology for peaceful agriculture.
The meeting brought together researchers, scientists, and students on a common platform to share and discuss new innovation, experiences and other issues relating to different fields of research using nuclear technologies.
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