Minutes of Core Group Meeting on June 29, 2011

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Core Group of RuTAG - IITD held on 29th June, 2011 in the CRDT Committee Room, IIT Delhi.

A Meeting of the Core Group of RuTAG, IIT Delhi was held on 29th June, 2011 in the CRDT Committee Room, IIT Delhi under the chairmanship of Prof. R.R. Gaur. Following were present:

  1. Prof. R. R. Gaur, Chairman, Core Group, RuTAG, IIT Delhi.
  2. Prof. M. R. Ravi, Member, Core Group, RuTAG, IIT Delhi.
  3. Prof. V. K. Vijay, Co-PI, RuTAG- IIT Delhi, Member, Core Group and PI of the Project on Biogas Conversion Kit & Enrichment System.
  4. Major S. Chatterjee, Senior Consultant and Member, Core Group, Office of the PSA, Vigyan Bhavan Annexe, New Delhi.
  5. Prof. S. K. Saha, PI of the Project on Evaluation and Standardization of Animal Driven Water Pump.
  6. Prof. P.M.V. Subbarao, PI of the Project on Technology Standardization and Testing cum Training Facility for Ultra-micro (Pico) Hydel Power Package for Rural Applications.
  7. Dr. Vipul Jain, PI of the Project on Short Term Management Programme for Rural Enterprises.
  8. Dr. Nomesh Bolia, Co-PI of the Project on Short Term Management Programme for Rural Enterprises.
  9. Dr. G. P. Govil, Expert Advisor of the Project on Biogas Conversion Kit & Enrichment System.
  10. Shri Raj Kumar, Project Staff, Evaluation and Standardization of Animal Driven Water Pump.
  11. Dr. Jagpal Singh, (Contract), RuTAG, IIT Delhi.
  12. Shri Ram Gopal Agnihotri, Project Assistant, RuTAG, IIT Delhi.
  13. Prof. Rajendra Prasad, Coordinator/PI and Convener, Core Group. RuTAG, IIT Delhi.  

Prof. R. R. Gaur, Chairman welcomed the participants and started the proceedings of the meeting.

Agenda item No. 1.: Confirmation of the minutes of the last meeting of the Core        Group:

The minutes of the meeting of the Core Group of RuTAG, IIT Delhi held on 15th April, 2011 were already circulated to all the members/ participants. No comment had been received. The minutes of the last meeting were deemed as confirmed.    

Agenda item No. 2. : Action Taken on the decisions taken in the last meeting:

A.  RuTAG activities in Rajasthan:

Referring the action taken report on Problems in Rajasthan that had emerged during the RuTAG meeting held on 25thNovember, 2009 at Bharatpur, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Coordinator/PI, RuTAG-IIT Delhi apprised the Committee that as per the decision taken in the last meeting of Core group detailed information/data were sought from the NGOs which had raised the problems.

  1. In respect of problems raised by Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, Bharatpur regarding the low cost and more efficient Bio-gas Plant and Low cost & small scales Chilling Plant for Milk, Lupin Foundation replied that the point may be dropped as the Foundation had entered into a contract agreement with a firm in Pune whose design meets the needs of the local population. In view of this, Prof. Rajendra Prasad suggested that the problem of the low cost and more efficient Bio-gas Plant may be dropped and problem of the low cost & small scales Chilling Plant for Milk, being important, may be taken up separately. He told the Committee that Sri Bhupendra Paliwal who was taking interest in RuTAG activities had left the Lupin Foundation and, therefore, it would not be appropriate to expect much from the Lupin Foundation. He opined that some other credible NGOs may be identified which can take up RuTAG activities in Rajasthan. Major Chatterjee suggested that Seva Mandir, Udaipur is a good NGO which may be considered.

2. The detailed information/data were sought regarding value addition of Garlic from the Gramin Vikas Avam Takniki Anusandhan Sansthan, Shrimsheel Aashram, Ambedkar Circle, Dholam Road, Chhipabarod (Baran), which had raised the problem. The Sansthan replied that in Chhipabarod Sub-division Garlic is produced in about 10,000 Bighas land and average annual production is about 1500-2000 tones. The farmers store Garlic traditionally in gunny bags for 2 - 3 months after drying by hanging in shady and airy open space. In this method 10 to 20% of Garlic is spoiled. At present there is no scientific method of storage and processing of Garlic in the area.

The Committee was apprised that Dr. N. K. Jain, Associate Professor and Research Engineer, All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Technology, Department of Processing & Food Engineering, College of Technology & Engineering, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur (Rajasthan) had developed the machines for Processing and value addition of Garlic under a project of DST.  These machines were installed at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Antah in Baran district for demonstration and not being used for processing and value addition. The Secretary of the Gramin Vikas Avam Takniki Anusandhan Sansthan had visited the KVK at Antah along with the SHGs Members/farmers. The farmers were reportedly keen and enthusiastic but they could not see the machines in working condition.

Dr. N. K. Jain was requested to formulate a project proposal for demonstration of machines and technology for Garlic processing and value addition and provide necessary technical back-up and training etc. to the SHGs and forward the proposal to the Coordinator, RuTAG-IIT Delhi. In response, Dr. Jain had sent a copy of the DST Project which could be utilized as guidelines for formulating a project. He had indicated that the University could provide technical guidance related to procurement of machines, training and product development for which consultancy charges have to be paid to the University. The Committee was apprised about the type, use and cost of machines developed by Udaipur University.

A RuTAG team was deputed to visit the Gramin Vikas Avam Takniki Anusandhan Sansthan, Chhipabarod (Baran) to find out its credentials before finalizing it as a field agency for setting up of machines and technology for Garlic processing and value addition. The team reported that the Sansthan does not have any land and building as yet. The office of the Sansthan is being run in rented building owned by the wife of the Secretary of the Sansthan.

Major Chatterjee stated that the garlic powder and paste is being used in several food products available in the market, it means that the machines for garlic processing are available. We should find out the details of these machines. Prof. Rajendra Prasad indicated that these machines are being used by the food products manufacturing companies. These are large scale and costly machines. The Udaipur University has developed comparatively smaller machines which can be used by the local production groups/SHGs. There is need of such smaller machines.

Major Chatterjee indicated that before taking a final view, detailed information need to be collected such as how much quantity of Garlic is produced, Existing mode of use, available technology for processing, comparison with existing technology, mode of its marketing etc. Prof. Rajendra Prasad told that the NGO had mentioned that in Chhipabarod Sub-division Garlic production is about 1500-2000 tones annually. Till now there is no technology/machine available in the area for Garlic processing and value addition. The machines developed by Udaipur University are yet to be operated and need to be tested in field conditions for adoption by the SHGs in the area. We may consider identifying suitable NGOs in the area which could take up the project.

The Chairman summarized that before taking a decision, the required information be collected, capable NGOs/ Partners may be identified who will take up the project, Seva Mandir, Udaipur and SHGs could be involved also. A well formulated project proposal be submitted as early as possible for consideration of the Core Group.

3.  Regarding the problems of Onion storage, preparation of low cost animal feed, manufacturing of large scale fibre from Banana and Maize, technology for drying of Chillies, the detailed information were sought from the NGOs which had raised the problem. But no response has been received from them as yet. Regarding technology for drying of Chillies the Committee had been apprised in the last meeting that as per the web site of TIDE, Bangalore Cabinet Dryers can be used for small quantity and Room Dryers can be used for drying of large quantity of Chillies. The cabinet dryers can be constructed with bricks or by using metallic components. The combustion chamber and the ducting assembly are conveniently laid at the base of the room. Heat is generated by the combustion of biomass on a grate in the combustion chamber and facilitating the movement of hot gases through the duct pipes. The NGO which had raised the problem was also apprised about it.

Prof. Rajendra Prasad emphasized that with a view to speed up the RuTAG activities in Rajasthan, there is need to identify partner NGOs in Rajasthan, develop the Core Group for Rajasthan and conduct a meeting in Jaipur at the earliest possible.

B.   RuTAG activities in Madhya Pradesh:

Prof. Rajendra Prasad apprised the Committee that as informed in the last meeting of the Core Group, a team from RuTAG-IIT Delhi visited Mahakaushal Region of Madhya Pradesh in February, 2011 to shortlist the rural needs and technology problems. The team had visited Paryavaran Sanrakshan Avam Adivasi Vikas Kendra, Jabalpur which specifically highlighted problem related to de-husking and grinding/milling of minor millets. The problem had been shortlisted to be addressed by RuTAG-IIT Delhi.

Vivek Thresher-cum-Pearler for Finger millet and Barnyard millet had been developed by Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (ICAR), Almora (Uttrakhand). The Scientist behind the work was reported to be Dr. K.P. Singh who is presently working with CIAE, Bhopal. During interaction Dr. Singh indicated that CIAE, Bhopal could take up the work for development of machine for de-husking and grinding of minor millets.

We had requested to Director, CIAE Bhopal to direct the concerned Scientist to formulate a project proposal for development of machine(s) for de-husking and grinding of minor millets and forward to the Coordinator, RuTAG-IIT Delhi. In response, Director, CIAE had indicated that they already had a project going on for cleaning and de-husking of minor millets - Kodo and Kutki at CIAE, Bhopal. Therefore, in view of their ongoing programme, there was no need for another project.

With a view to explore the possibilities to identify a R&D Institution nearby Jabalpur which could work to address the problem, we had requested to Dr. B. K. Rai, Director, Paryavaran Sanrakshan Avam Adivasi Vikas Kendra, Jabalpur, who had raised this problem. In response, Dr. Rai contacted Agriculture University, Jabalpur but they expressed their inability.

We had requested the DG, MPCOST, Bhopal to suggest an Institution for addressing the problem. Dr. Rai was also requested to consult MPCOST and visit CIAE, Bhopal to find out the details of the project. Dr. Praveen Kumar Digharra, Senior Scientist of MPCOST was requested to accompany Dr. Rai during the visit to CIAE. DG, MPCOST had consented to contact Director, CIAE, Bhopal in this connection. The response is awaited.

The Chairman emphasized to pursue the matter with MPCOST. Again a well formulated project proposal be brought up for the consideration of the Core Group as early as possible.

3. Status of project Proposal submitted on ‘Technology Standardization and Development of Testing-cum-Training Facility for Ultra-micro Hydel Power Package for Rural Applications’:

Regarding sanction to the project, Major Chatterjee indicated that approval of Finance has been received in the Office of PSA. The sanction to the project will be in two separate parts, one for consumables like Salary and other for non consumables like equipment & Machinery. The sanctions will be issued shortly while first installment of grant should be available within a month.

The Chairman indicated to Prof. P.M.V. Subbarao, PI of the project to utilize the time in preliminary preparations and plan out the activities to be taken up under the project.

4.  Status of sanctioned project on ‘Management Development Programme for Rural Enterprises’:

Prof. Rajendra Prasad informed the Committee that sanction and release of first installment of funds have been received from the Office of PSA but for want of certain formalities, the cheque has not yet been deposited. The meeting of the DRC Mechanical Engineering had been held the same morning viz., on 29-6-2011 and necessary formalities with IRD will be completed in 2-3 days. The Chairman asked the reason for not fulfilling the necessary formalities of the project with IRD earlier. Prof. Rajendra Prasad clarified the position. The Chairman Asked the PI & the Co-PI of the Project to indicate Format and Action Plan of the project. They indicated to conduct the training during November10-19, 2011. It was decided that for inviting the participants, first letter will be issued by the Office of the PSA. After that RuTAG will follow it up.

5.   Review of progress of the ongoing Projects:

  1. Evaluation and Standardization of Animal Driven Water Pump:

Prof. S. K. Saha, PI of the project indicated that by the end of July, 2011 testing of the water pump will be completed. For Setting up of second unit the site is to be decided. The available amount for Gear Box is insufficient. Manufacturer of the Gear Box is asking more amount due to rise in prices of material.The Committee recommended to insist to supply on the old price.

The Chairman indicated that he visited the site. He has also seen the gear box being used for chaff cutting operations and sprinkler irrigation. He has brought a CD of the live demonstration which could be made available to the PI. What is desired now is an extensive testing in the field. The technology has also been demonstrated in Jharkhand in an exhibition and got first prize. ICAR has desired to test it for the fatigue parameters of the bullocks etc. The site for installation of second unit of animal driven water pump could be the ICAR. We should explore the possibilities of subsidy from the Government on the device.

Regarding request for release of second installment of grant, Major Chatterjee indicated that approval is being issued shortly by the Office of the PSA.

b. Improvement of Biogas conversion Kit:

Dr. G. P. Govil, Expert Advisor of the project apprised the Committee that The Diesel engine (Tata 407) had been purchased and necessary modifications like incorporation of suitable spark plug and ignition mechanism as well as suitable mechanism for air-fuel mixing (Gas carburetor) had been installed. The diesel engine had been converted into 100% Bio-Gas generator and has been installed at IIT Delhi. A preliminary trial was carried out before the Chairman and Co-ordinator, RuTAG. Technical trials are in the process where Bio-Gas Generator will be tested under different loading conditions.

The Chairman pointed out that electrical governing system is yet to be optimized. The engine was most of the time running on no load. Governer was not working. Performance trials need to be conducted under different load conditions. Dr. Govil indicated that Air flow and fuel flow meters have not yet been purchased. As soon as these are available testing will be done.  The Chairman emphasized again that governing device is essential. Performances under different load conditions are to be tested and measured.

6.  Status of Final Report of the Project on ‘A comparative Study of Bullock Driven Tractors’: 

The Committee was apprised that the draft report was reviewed by the Chairman of the Core Group and the Coordinator of RuTAG-IIT Delhi. Some improvements were suggested which have been incorporated in the Report and it is almost complete. The Chairman emphasized to complete it within a week since it has already been delayed.

7.   Enhancement of salary for the project staff:

The Coordinator will make a suitable proposal and send it to the Office of the PSA soon.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Prof. Rajendra Prasad
Coordinator/PI, RuTAG-IITD
Prof.R.R. Gaur
Chairman,Core Group, RuTAG-IITD