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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Centre grants Rs110 cr for tech hub at IIT-Ropar

Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 8

The Central Government today approved Rs 110 crore to set up a technology innovation hub in the domain of agriculture and water at the IIT-Ropar.

The Agriculture and Water Technology Development Hub (AWaDH) aims to bring solutions for stubble management, water quality improvement, mapping of hazardous substances in water and soil, and their treatment. The prime objective will be to make agriculture a profitable industry with highly optimised resource intake.

To help farmers improve yield

The IIT-Ropar will develop technologies and agricultural practices which can improve yield and minimise hazardous substances. To achieve the goal, the team will connect with farmers, listen to their problems and come up with viable and technology-based economic solutions.

Sarit K Das, Director, IIT-Ropar, said, "In a world propelled by technology, cyber physical system is an integrated system involving sensors, communication, actuators, control, interconnected computing networks and data analytics, which help in developing solutions and technical support for scientific breakthroughs related to agriculture and water."

Pushpendra P Singh, hub coordinator, said, "Unfortunately, along with the success of the Green Revolution in India, th quality of soil and water and overall agricultural environment suffered degradation due to excessive use of fertilisers, water and pesticides in order to grow more per hectare." He said, "If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in the country."



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