Dr. Indra Mani
The Centre was established in the year 1998-99 as demonstration farm and commissioned as Indo-Israel project in January 2000 as a project undertaken jointly by the government of India, through Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) & ICAR and the Government of the State of Israel, through the Centre of International Cooperation (MASHAV) & CINADCO. The project farm was aimed to demonstrate different technologies for intensive and commercially oriented peri-urban cultivation of horticulture crops for improved quality and productivity. The centre was established to act as a nodal centre of R&D work, training and transfer of technology on the above aspects. The project was established to demonstrate peri-urban, high technology methods of growing flowers, vegetables and fruits. Collaboration with Govt. Of Israel was concluded in 2004 and the unit was re-designed as Centre for Protected Cultivation technology (CPCT). Over the years, the centre has progressed considerably and diversified into various kinds of protected structures and production technologies of several crops including high tech nursery management have been standardized. Protected cultivation technology as an integral component of precision farming has the ability and potential to enhance input use efficiency to a significant level so as to achieve sustainability in food production. The infra-structure at the centre includes climate controlled & naturally ventilated greenhouses for vegetables and flower crops, net houses, nursery facilities, open fields, drip irrigation system and packaging cum training hall.
The centre currently is mandated on the following objectives:
- To conduct R&D work to evaluate different protected cultivation technologies and make them adaptable for different categories of farmers.
- To demonstrate different technologies appropriate for intensive and commercially oriented peri-urban cultivation of horticultural crops for improved quality and production.
- To conduct training programs for HRD and technology transfer.