University of Western Sydney, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) Calicut in collaboration. Center for Protected Cropping Systems with High Technologies to address the impact of a changing climate on crop production.
The center will pilot research ways to standardize pollination, with a focus on high-tech aeroponic crop production, crop health monitoring technologies with advanced sensors and cameras, and innovations in aeroponics for high-value crops such as microgreens, berries, cut flowers and berries. spices under different lighting and feeding conditions.
|Officials from ICAR, IIHR, IISR and Western Sydney University launch Center for High-Tech Protected Cropping Systems.|
“The collaboration builds on the very fruitful partnership between the University and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research” he said Professor Barney Glover AO, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney. “Through cutting-edge research, the Center will explore new, sustainable approaches to production to increase food security and agricultural livelihoods.said Professor Glover.
“This partnership on vegetables, berries and cut flowers at IIHR and spices at IISR is instrumental in developing efficient, low-cost vertical growing systems for large-scale adoption—sustainable farming technologies for the future.” he said Dr. Debi Sharma, Director, IIHR.
Dr Thankamony, Director IISR said, “Vertical farming can provide high productivity per unit area, which means 50-60 percent more yield per unit area. However, these resources can be effectively utilized only when adapted to Indian conditions, requiring a targeted research and development programme..”
The Center for Protected Cropping Systems with High Technologies will deal with increasing the production of agricultural communities and thus their incomes. The research programs will be led by IIHR Director Dr Debi Sharma, IISR Director Dr Thankamoni and Western Sydney University Senior Advisor (Research Strategy) Dr Nisha Rakesh.
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