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CSIR and DSIR Unveil Electric Tiller to Support Small Farmers

Context:

In a bid to empower small and marginal farmers, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) have introduced the CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute’s Electric Tiller.

Relevance:

GS III: Agriculture

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Electric Tiller for Small to Marginal Farmers
  2. About  CSIR

Electric Tiller for Small to Marginal Farmers

Target Users

  • Small to Marginal Farmers: Designed for farmers with land holdings of less than 2 hectares, who represent over 80% of India’s farming community.
Features and Benefits

Enhanced Performance:

  • Torque and Field Efficiency: Offers superior torque and efficiency in the field, making it a reliable agricultural tool.

User and Environmental Focus:

  • Comfort and Sustainability: Features reduced hand-arm vibration, quiet operation, and zero exhaust emissions, ensuring user comfort and environmental sustainability.

Cost Reduction:

  • Operational Costs: Can reduce operational costs by up to 85%, providing significant financial benefits to farmers.

Versatility and Convenience:

  • User-Friendly Design: Supports battery pack swapping and multiple charging options, including AC and Solar DC charging.

About  CSIR

  • The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization.
  • CSIR has a dynamic network of 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes, and five units with a pan-India presence. 
  • CSIR is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. It provides significant technological intervention in many areas concerning societal efforts, which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors. Further, CSIR’s role in S&T human resource development is noteworthy.
  • It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include the environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.
  • Established: September 1942
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
Structure of the Organisation
  • President: Prime Minister of India (Ex-officio)
  • Vice President: Union Minister of Science and Technology (Ex-officio)
  • Governing Body: The Director-General is the head of the governing body.
  • The other ex-officio member is the finance secretary (expenditures).
  • Other members’ terms are of three years.
Objectives
  • Promotion, guidance and coordination of scientific and industrial research in India including the institution and the financing of specific researchers.
  • Establishment and assistance to special institutions or departments of existing institutions for the scientific study of problems affecting particular industries and trade.
  • Establishment and award of research studentships and fellowships.
  • Utilization of the results of the research conducted under the auspices of the Council towards the development of industries in the country.
  • Payment of a share of royalties arising out of the development of the results of research to those who are considered as having contributed towards the pursuit of such research.
  • Establishment, maintenance and management of laboratories, workshops, institutes and organisations to further scientific and industrial research.
  • Collection and dissemination of information in regard not only to research but to industrial matters generally.
  • Publication of scientific papers and a journal of industrial research and development.

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