Customized Virtual Training Programmes under World Bank Assisted SMART Cotton Project organized

11 - 30 October, 2021, Nagpur

The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Ginning Training Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra organized the 16 Customized One-day Virtual Training Programmes for 900 Lead Farmers, Agricultural Officers, Graders under World Bank Assisted State of Maharashtra Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) Livelihood Cotton Project from 11th to 30th October, 2021.

16 Customized Virtual Training Programmes under World Bank Assisted SMART Cotton Project organized  16 Customized Virtual Training Programmes under World Bank Assisted SMART Cotton Project organized

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai, outlined the Institute’s initiative to impart the regular training programmes for the skill development of cotton farmers and other stakeholders. She emphasized that the SMART Cotton Project will improve the cotton quality parameters and its value-addition through the skill development of the Lead Farmers, Agricultural Officers, Graders, Farmers and other Stakeholders.

Dr. Saxena stated that under the SMART Cotton Project, the farmers are partners in the ginning of their produce in ginneries. The cotton bales and cotton seed obtained in the ginneries will be sold through the e-auction based on quality parameters and revenue generated will be directly credited to the concerned farmers’ account as per their share in raw cotton.

She underlined that at present, 60 Thousand farmers of Maharashtra are participating in the Project under the different farmers’ groups managed by the lead farmers.

(Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra)