Farmers and women self-help group members turned up in good numbers for a workshop on Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)-developed rural technologies for uplift of villagers in Madurai district, at the Collectorate here on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, S.P. Kale, Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division, BARC, said that BARC and Department of Atomic Energy initiated AKRUTI (Advance Knowledge and Rural Technology Implementation) under their societal initiative to create structured and scalable network of technology nodes in rural areas providing easy access to modern technologies to all villagers in their own village.
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is for the provision of modern technology at a nominal cost to support the village economy.
This is done with an interest to stem the movement of rural populace to the urban, said, Mr. Kale.
Modern technology here includes the agro-based technical support, for example, to increase the agricultural yield to have disease-resistance solutions. To utilize the residues for de-centralised manure production and bio-gas plants.
“We insist the farmers to form cooperatives to utilize and share the benefits. BARC’s bio-gas technology has been offered to people who needed it on a non-exclusive basis to prevent monopoly,” added Mr. Kale.
Daniel Chellappa, senior scientist, BARC, said that technologies such as, solar dryer technology for fruit plantation is also encouraged; it increases the shelf life of fruits. Membrane-based water filter technology for bacteria-free water was provided to rural people at a nominal cost. BARC had developed easy-to-use soil testing kits and given the same to farmers in various states.