Thursday, 27 March 2014

Workshop at KUFOS on aquaculture practices

A State-level workshop on diversification of aquaculture practices in Kerala: challenges and opportunities will be organised on March 29 by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS).
The workshop, being organised with the support of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) will be inaugurated by KUFOS vice chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup at the University campus at 10 a.m.
Scientists, fish farmers, fisheries officers, activists and students will participate in the workshop, according to a press release.


Workshop on wetland conservation

A one-day workshop on the conservation and management of the Kavvayi-Kattampally wetlands of north Kerala will be held here on March 29 under the aegis of the Malabar Natural History Society and the Forests and Wildlife Department.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B.S. Corie will inaugurate the workshop at the Forest office complex at Kannothumchal here at 10 a.m.
The workshop includes sessions on management action plan for the Kavvayi wetlands in Kasaragod district, human and geographical perspectives on the conservation of the wetlands, mangrove flora and their conservation, wetland biodiversity of north Kerala, resources utilisation of the two wetlands and the legal aspects of wetland conservation.


Workshop on biodiversity

Applications have been invited for an 18-day free residential workshop organised by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) here on Biodiversity conservation for students, who have appeared for Class X examination in March 2014, in the State.
The programme is intended to provide basic knowledge in the broad area of biodiversity conservation and biotechnology.
It will be held at the Agro biodiversity centre of MSSRF at Puthurvayal near Kalpetta from April 25 to May 13, the organisers said.
The workshop consists of interactive lectures, laboratory work, institutional visits, field trips and individual projects.
The number of seat is limited to 30 and the applications should reach the MSSRF's office before 15 April.
More information can be had from the Director, Community Agro biodiversity Centre, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Puthurvayal P. O, Kalpetta- 673 121or (phone : 09497307958).


Two-day workshop on GIS

Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, is conducting a workshop titled ‘GIS and modelling – applications in environmental engineering’ on March 28 and 29 on the college campus. The workshop will focus on the application of GIS in air and water quality modelling, water supply system, and watershed protection, a press release said.
The workshop would be a platform for postgraduate students, faculty and practising engineers to provide ideas, knowledge and understanding on environmental modelling and the role of GIS. The workshop was being funded by TEQIP Phase-II. SJCE is one of the institutions in the State to receive second phase of World Bank-sponsored TEQIP funding.
Over 100 delegates from various institutions and organisations are expected to take part in the workshop.
R.R. Navalgund, Vikram Sarabhai distinguished professor, ISRO, Bangalore, and B.G. Sangameshwara, JSS Mahavidyapeeta Joint Director (Academic), will be the chief guests. SJCE principal Shakeeb-Ur-Rahman will preside over the programme. Professors Manoj Kumar and Pushpa Tuppad, who are coordinating the workshop, may be contacted on 9886544263 or 9591083451.


TNAU digitises 7.80 lakh pages of rare documents

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University had digitised 7.80 lakh pages of rare documents, Vice Chancellor K. Ramasamy has said.
Speaking at the inauguration of a national workshop on ‘Bringing Library Resources to Users’ Desk’, he said that the University staff engaged in the digitisation project digitally captured the pages for preserving and providing easy access to help agriculture-related work in India. Mr. Ramasamy said that the digitisation of records was possible because of the University benefitting from the NAIP – ICAR e-granth project, the objective of which was to strengthen digital library and information management.
Urging all faculty to make best use of the TNAU’s e-books, he suggested that they download at least two e-books for each course to use them for teaching. He also wanted faculty and research scholars to write review articles to gain a standing in the profession.
R. Vijayaraghavan, Special Officer, Publications and Public Relations, said that times have changed so much that people no longer went to the libraries.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

EU to ban Indian mangoes, vegetables

European Union member states, on Wednesday, decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India, after several batches were found to be contaminated by pests such as fruit flies, the bloc’s executive said.
The prohibition, which goes into effect in May, covers mangoes, aubergines, the taro plant and two types of gourd. These represent less than 5 per cent of the bloc’s fresh fruit and vegetable imports from India, according to the European Commission.
Pests that are not native to Europe were found in 207 fruit and vegetable consignments from the subcontinent last year, the Commission said, adding that they “could pose a threat to EU agriculture and production.” The EU’s executive also said there were ‘significant shortcomings’ in the certification systems that prevent contaminated goods from being exported. The ban, agreed by a committee of experts representing member states, is to be reviewed by the end of 2015. — DPA


Managing Water for Sustainable Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation services through Innovations and Best practices

Sustainable Ground Water Management (SuGWM) project is one of the major initiatives of Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) being implemented in Anantapur and Warangal districts of Andhra Pradesh. The project was started in 2011 and has its core focus on demonstrating innovative approaches in community management of ground water for water supply and sanitation services; as well as promoting equitable sharing and efficient use of the resource in agriculture. More details of the project are

Ground water is the major source in meeting drinking water, sanitation needs as well as agriculture irrigation demand in most parts of India. Many individuals, NGOs, research and government agencies have been working on these important issues for several decades in diverse methods and demonstrated innovations / best practices, with respect to:
  • developing technological innovations such as new techniques, methods and tools
  • Process innovations with new methods and techniques of planning, monitoring, implementation etc.
  • Convergence models that are scalable and having relevance to mainstreaming
  • pilot demonstrations in smaller areas that have potential of improving larger practices and policies
  • developed methods of saving and efficient use of water including augmenting recharge
  • social entrepreneurship models in water and sanitation services that are built on all 3Ps - 'people-profit-planet'
  • low-cost methods and technologies that improve service delivery to poor
Are you one of them 'pushing the limits of innovative thinking and practice' ? Or, any of your friends, associates, partners...

SuGWM and VRUTTI ( ( EU- IWRM Project ) are planning to bring out a compendium of such innovations and best practices from different states of India. Contributions from any individual, organization, NGO, research institution, Students, Government agency, Departments or CBOs are invited in the attached form before the end of 31st March, 2014. Based on the summary information provided, SuGWM will make effort to edit and compile the cases and properly acknowledge the innovator / author / contributor in the published volume. A collaborative workshop with Government agencies is also being planned as a culmination of this endeavour sometime in mid 2014.

SuGWM is pursuing this idea with an objective of capturing best practices and disseminating widely for the benefit of all those development workers. We sincerely request you to contribute to the compendium as well as refer to your friends / contacts for further dissemination and contributions. We also invite organizations and individuals interested to collaborate and support this cause, to contact Mr. R.V. Rama Mohan at +91 40 27007906 / +91 9440194866, Mr. Bala Krishnan at +919343010870 / +91 80 23419616 / 23517241 (or) write to

Summary contributions may be sent in the attached format, either as online submission (or) as soft copy by email to (or) as a printed copy to the address given below :

CWS- SuGWM Project,
12-13-451, Street No:1,
Tarnaka, Secunderabad – 500 017,
Andhra Pradesh, India.

Experiences from both rural and urban areas are equally encouraged. Multiple contributions may also be sent using the same format, one for each case. For any further assistance and clarifications, please contact :
Ms. Sirisha      :   +91 9848455525
Mr. Basavaraj   :   +91 9019011219