Chiraharit devotedly promotes MARRC to make agriculture and farming aspirational, particularly for rural youth- the future farmers, by blending it with technology and media. MARRC envisions to educate farmers, youth & school children in best farming practices and to reveal farming as an honourable and profitable profession among children and youth.
MALAXMI AGRI & RURAL RESEARCH CENTRE (MARRC)
Increasing global demand for food, fuel, fiber & fodder with decreasing supply of land & fresh water need to be addressed by a multipronged strategy. Farm mechanization is an important element of the multipronged strategy as it can improve farm productivity by timely and precise field work. It is well documented that farm productivity has strong positive correlation with farm mechanization.
Further, availability of farm labor at a price affordable to farmer is one the biggest challenges being faced by the Indian farmer today. There is a need to arm the small and marginal farmers with mechanization tools and technologies that that can improve their productivity and reduce their dependence on farm labor.
There are several mechanization tools and technologies already developed by agricultural universities, R&D institutions, commercial organizations and grass root innovators scattered across the country and world that may be able to address the mechanization needs of Indian farmers. However information, time and place gaps make these tools and technologies unavailable to the farmers.
Malaxmi Agri & Rural Research Centre (MARRC) will be an endeavor to bridge the above information, time and place gaps both in physical and digital forms.
MARRC will identify, collect, catalogue, evaluate, demonstrate and certify farm mechanization tools and technologies at one location. Apart from making available existing technologies and tools, MAARC will strive to provide a platform to innovate and develop new tools and technologies by creative, self-triggered, self-inspired people.
OBJECTIVES OF MARRC
- To identify, collect, catalogue, evaluate, demonstrate, display and certify farm mechanization tools and technologies;
- To increase the reach of farm mechanization to small and marginal farmers and to the regions where availability of farm power is low;
- To design, execute and certify skill development programs in identified trades related to farm mechanization;
- To undertake training and capacity development of various stakeholders;
- To facilitate evolution and diffusion of grassroots and induced innovations in a selective, time-bound and mission oriented basis so as to meet the mechanization needs of Indian farmers;
- To promote wider social awareness, and possible applications, of the tools and technologies collected and created as a result of creativities in commercial and social spheres and inspire their incorporation in educational curriculum, developmental policies and programs.
Our logo signifies the concept of ‘’Perpetual Motion’’. For millennia, scientists and innovators, starting right from great Indian mathematician Bhaskara to Leonardo Da Vinci, have been fascinated with the idea to create machines that are in perpetual motion but to no avail.
However, we draw our inspiration from the philosophy of Perpetual Motion rather than the physical machine itself. The logo depicts the principle behind the design of perpetual motion by Bhaskara- ‘an overbalanced wheel’.
The brown color of the wheel signifies the seriousness of the issue, down-to-earth stability, structure and support. The Blue color of the words signify the reliability and the responsibility to take control and do the right things in difficult times.
- Build a multi-disciplinary Governing Body and operations team;
- Identify and formalize tie ups with institutions and organizations that are involved in developing and disseminating farm mechanization tools and technologies to share their tools and technologies for display at MARRC;
- Establish a campus to house the tools and technologies supported with skill development center, workshops and knowledge center
- Pursue the stated objectives actively by working closely with various stakeholders
MARRC CAMPUS – LOCATION AND REGIONAL SETTING
MAARC is in possession of 7 acres of land at an ideal location in Chintalapadu Village, Chandarlapadu Mandal, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh where it proposes to set up its campus. The proposed location is 60 km from Vijayawada and will be less than 25 km from the new capital of Amravati once the Outer Ring Road is laid around Vijayawada. The site has all the required social and physical infrastructure such as power, access roads, water banking facilities etc. The regional setting is depicted in the picture below:
MAARC CAMPUS – PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
- Tools and technologies display halls and open areas
- 4 class rooms of 30 capacity each
- 2 Lecture halls of 100 capacity each
- Skill development workshops for various trades which will double up as labs for innovators
- Dormitories and hostel for 120 students
- Natural food Cafeteria
- Guest houses and rooms for senior trainees
- Housing for faculty and staff
- Open Air theatre
- Digital Library and communication center
- Open air Theatre(s) for events and functions
- Multipurpose lawns
- Recreation facilities
- Water and waste recycling structures
- Administrative office
ILLUSTRATIVE LIST OF INSTITUTIONS IDENTIFIED FOR TIEUPS
- National Innovation Foundation
- HONEY BEE Network
- Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN)
- Centre of Science for Villages, Wardha
- Society for Energy, Environment and Development (SEED), Hyderabad
- Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
- Environmental Sanitation Institute, Ahmedabad
- Yusuf Meharauli Centre, Tara, Mumbai
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- College of Agriculture Engineering, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh
- Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions
- John Deere India Private Limited
- Mahindra and Mahindra Tractors Limited
- AP Agro Industries Development Corporation (AP AGROS)
ILLUSTRATIVE THEMES FOR TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES DISPLAY
- Agriculture – History and Evolution
- Soil Health Management
- Soil Tillage
- Inter Cultivation
- Irrigation systems and Water Management
- Seed Technology, processing, protection and Preservation
- Manure – composting techniques
- Crop Protection
- Harvesting Tools and techniques
- Post-harvesting technology, handling the harvest at farm level
- Farm Transport
FEW INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPED BY GRASS ROOT INNOVATORS TO MEET THEIR PRODUCTION CHALLENGES
MARRC-MALAXMI AGRI & RURAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Chiraharit actively contributes its time and resources to MARRC as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Chiraharit promotes MARRC to make agriculture and farming aspirational, particularly for rural youth- the future farmers, by blending it with technology and media. MARRC envisions to educate farmers, youth & school children in best farming practices and to reveal farming as an honourable and profitable profession among children and youth.