ICAR-CIWA has Commercialized the Technology 'DRWA Hand-operated Maize Dehusker cum Sheller'

The ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (CIWA), Bhubaneswar has commercialized the technology 'DRWA Hand-operated Maize Dehusker cum Sheller' by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on non-exclusive basis with M/s Sai Shakti (Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements), Cuttack in a brief program held at this Institute on 20th February, 2015.

The ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar has developed a farm machinery viz., 'DRWA- Hand operated Maize Dehusker cum Sheller', which is a women-friendly hand operated equipment for shelling and de-husking of maize with an output of 60 kg/hr. The technology has received appreciation from different stakeholders in widely tested field trials during 2012-14. Considering the necessity of the technology for large scale adoption, the technology is commercialized with the primary objective of promoting localized production/ manufacture to ensure the availability of this technology to the farming community, to mitigate the drudgery farm women, and to promote the micro and small enterprises dealing with farm implements.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for transferring the technology was signed by Dr. J. Charles Jeeva, Nodal Officer, Institute Technology Management Unit, ICAR-CIWA with Shri. Vijay K. Munjal, Managing Partner, M/s SaiShakti in the presence of Dr. Neelam Grewal, Director, ICAR-CIWA, and other members of ITMU.