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  Training programme organised by the Karnataka Backward Class Development Corporation Limited 
September 16th, 2005.

Training programme organised by the Karnataka Backward Class Development Corporation Limited on the 16th of September, 2005

Dr. Sudheer Shetty was invited to speak on " The role of Jatropha as an energy crop for rural plantation for the upliftment of the poor backward class villagers" during the workshop organised jointly by the Karnataka Backward Class Development Corporation Limited (KBCDCL), Government of Karnataka and the Zilla Panchayat, Mysore. The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Selva Kumar (IAS) in the presence of the KBCDCL Managing Director Mr. Vijaya Prakash (KAS).

Dr. Shetty stressed the need for the active participation of the rural population in the Jatropha-derived biodiesel programme and also sought the support of the Corporation in successfully implementing the programme.



  Visit of Mandya District (Karnataka State) Administration Executives  
September 1st, 2005.

The senior government executives - Joint Director, District Industries Center (DIC); Assistant Director, DIC; Deputy Director, Horticulture Department; Deputy Director, Agriculture Department; Manager, Lead Bank; Manager, the State Bank of Mysore, Representatives from a few NGOs and Industries and other officers of the departments visited Labland. The team visited the tissue culture lab facility and the field facility of Labland to have a first hand experience of the Jatropha production and cultivation.

The team also visited the farmer's field where Labland had supplied Jatropha plants under contract cultivation agreement. The team has expressed interest in promoting Jatropha plantation in the district of Mandya with the necessary government support.



  Interview of Dr. Geetha Singh by All India Radio, Bangalore on Tissue culture Propagation of Jatropha for the mass cultivation for Biodiesel

August  22nd, 2005.

Ms. Sumangala of the All India Radio, Bangalore interviewed Dr. Geetha Singh on the adoption of Plant Tissue Culture Technique for large-scale production of high quality planting materials of Jatropha. The interview would be broadcast on the 16th of September 2005 under the 'National Science Magazine' programme.


  Visit of senior officers of NABARD (The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) from the head office
August 17th, 2005.

Ms. Sangeeta Prasad Mehra, Manager, NABARD, Bangalore and Mr. Vivek Joshi, District Development Manager, Mysore visited Labland to discuss various aspects of Jatropha 
tissue culture, field cultivation, promotion among the farming community, the role of financial institutions, the marketing arrangements and the modalities of oil extraction. Both the officers visited the field of Labland to see the plantation and yield potential of the plants. The officers also visited a farmer's field to get farmer's impressions about the crop ad services provided by the company.



  Lecture on the importance and uses of biodiesel
August 9th, 2005.

Dr. Sudheer A. Shetty was invited as a member of Resource Team to deliver a lecture on the Importance and Uses of Biodiesel by the Karnataka State Government Institution, Abdul Nazir Saab State Rural Development Organisation, on the 9th of August. Speaking to the Agricultural Scientists from the State who had participated in the agriculture extension programme at Abdul Nazir Saab State Rural Development Organisation, Dr. Shetty stressed on the need to bring awareness among the farming community on the importance of selecting quality seeds/seedlings of Jatropha plantation. In view of the rush among farming community to grow Jatropha in their field, spurious seed materials are being supplied to the farmers without testing the performance of the planting materials, Dr. Shetty added. He sought the cooperation of the Agricultural Officers in spreading, among the farming community, the need to go in for quality planting material for the successful and sustainable growth of biodiesel operations.


  Interview of Dr. Sudheer Shetty by All India Radio, Bangalore on Jatropha - the Magical Plant of the Century
August 8th, 2005

The All India Radio, Bangalore interviewed Dr. Sudheer Shetty on the importance of growing Jatropha and its future. Mr. Udayadari of the All India Radio, Bangalore conducted the interview, which was broadcast on the 25th of August under the programme 'Current Affairs'.


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