ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessarghatta, Bengaluru has celebrated the culmination of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a meaningful manner. The Director Dr M R Dinesh and IMC members Sri S.Shivaprasad and Dr M S Prabhakar with Swachh Bharath Nodal officer Dr P Nandeesha paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The Arka Tricycle- Fruits and Vegetable Vending Van designed and developed at ICAR-IIHR was distributed to two Scheduled caste beneficiaries.
On the occasion IIHR Director Dr M R Dinesh emphasised that the institute is implementing the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi by uplifting the weaker sections of society through centrally funded projects like SC/ST plans, tribal sub plans, NEH region programmes etc. He mentioned that when technology developed by the scientist of the institute reaches the beneficiary and improves his day to day life then only the scient feels satisfied. Our horticulture technologies of IIHR will definitely paves way for achieving Atma Nirbhar Bharath.
ICAR nominated IMC member Sri S Shivaprasad mentioned that IIHR is thriving hard to improve the life and income of farmers in line with the wishes of Honourable Prime Minister shri Narendra Modi ji by taking the technologies to the needy beneficiaries in the villages through different programmes apart from conducting the research. Another IMC member Dr M S Prabhakar mentioned that the institute is reaching the farmers from every nook and corner of the country through farmer friendly programmes like National Horticultural fair, IIHR seed portal etc. He also stressed that institute being such a resourceful should get the deemed university status.
One of the beneficiaries is Mr. Karna from Sira taluk, Tumkur district and another Mr Vijaykumar N from Ivarakandapura village of Bangalore North Taluk, both are street vendors of fruits and vegetables, thanked the institute for helping the drown trodden. Dr G Senthil Kumarn who developed the Arka Tricycle expressed that the tricycles being solar fitted and maintain humidity, can keep the fruits and vegetables fresh and reduce the drudgery involved in pulling the vehicle. It can help the beneficiary to be self-sufficient and improve their income.
Institute media officer Dr Narayana Swamy, Dr Oberoi, Head PHT& Agril Engineering, Dr Venkat Kumar, Head Social Sciences, Dr K Shivashankar Head Basic Sciences, the Scientist and staff of the institute, media persons and other invitees attended the programme.