Born: 7th August 1936
B.Sc. (Pune); D.Sc. (Tuebingen, Germany)
Is a Professional Scientist. Has created Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI). Was also instrumental in creating a co-operative business called Sahyadri Tantraseva Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha Ltd. Was the Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute at Phaltan, Dist. Satara, Maharashtra during 1968-80.
Has developed innovative and replicable rural technologies in the field of agriculture. This includes research in plant breeding, agronomy, pest control, crop physiology, water management, seed technology, plant tissue culture, green house technology and post harvest technology, practice of biodegradation of bamboo, drip irrigation for tree plantations, a new method of organic farming and rural energy from agro waste. Developed new techniques and designs for rural artisans for increasing their earning capacity and reducing the drudgery of rural women. .
Has devised standardised cloning techniques for plant species of medicinal and non-timber forest products; a novel method of growing root drugs; a technology for producing char briquettes from light biomass; a technique for using saline water for irrigation etc. Has also conducted training courses for users and entrepreneurs. Has created Rural Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Phaltan. A Women's Technology Park has been started at this Centre.
ARTI has served as a resource in training workshops held by ARECOP in Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. It was also accorded the status of a Partner Organisation by The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Has received a large number of Awards and Honours: Prof. B.D. Tilak Award and by Indian National Science Academy, the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy, by the Ashden Trust and Whitley Awards Foundation, London, U.K., the Certificate of Merit from United States Environmental Protection Agency for Innovation in Stoves Design are some of them.
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