CMERI coming up with new inventions to modernise agriculture

Dr Shekhar C Mande, secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India and Director General, CSIR visited Centre of Excellence in Farm Machinery (CoEFM), an extension centre of Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) on Sunday. Various farm technologies in the field of agricultural machinery, residue management, precision agriculture, renewable energy, and oil expeller were demonstrated live in the field. 


On this occasion, the ‘Biofuel Technologies Demonstration Workshop’, which houses many technologies related to bio-energy and bio-fuels like briquetting machine, kitchen waste bio-gas plants, bio-diesel through ultra-sonication, decorticator, expeller, and glycerol purification system was inaugurated by the DG of CSIR in the presence of CSIR-CMERI director Harish Hirani. 


The workshop is the first of its kind where all technologies related to bio-fuel can be demonstrated to prove that this bio-fuel value chain is economically viable and self-sustainable, which should be widely adopted to make India self-reliant in energy. In the area of renewable technology, Hirani, apprised that the institute had already developed and transferred technologies like semi-continuous bio-diesel plant capable to convert any oil or fat into bio-diesel with minimum investment. An automatic biomass briquetting plant had also been designed and developed by CoEFM for production of briquettes from different agricultural biomass. All these machines are of affordable cost with lesser labour requirement due to on-built automation. 


Steps in rural sustainable development Hirani informed Mande that the centre has taken a host of steps in rural sustainable development, and was working in tandem with other CSIR labs to develop smart agriculture and horticulture tools and machinery, which is in sync with the Prime Minister’s dream of doubling the income of farmers. On this occasion, scientists of the centre demonstrated precision agricultural tools.