CSSRI gets Best Institute Award
Karnal, July 7
Internationally acclaimed Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal, has bagged the prestigious Sardar Patel Best Institute Award, 2009, instituted by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR).
This annual award is bestowed upon to select the ICAR institutes credited with creating an impact on the agricultural practice and the agriculture research scenario.
Union Minister of Agriculture Sharad Pawar would present the award to CSSRI director SK Gupta, on the ICAR’s Foundation Day function to be held in New Delhi on July 16, 2010. The award is recognition of the CSSRI’s pioneering research work done by the institute in crucial areas of reclamation and management of salt-affected soils and waters in different regions in the country, which had impacted the agriculture production.
With this, the CSSRI has earned the distinction of getting the Best Institute Award for the second time. Earlier, the institute was conferred with the award in 1998.
The institute has made its mark by developing and popularising alkali land reclamation package, which has been extended to about 12 lakh hectares of degraded land, contributing more than three million tonnes of additional food grains. Path breaking researches on prevention and control of water logging and salinity in canal commands by the CSSRI led to development of technology package, irrigation system improvement and subsurface drainage for monsoon.