Students of College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur, Narayan Lal Gurjar, Shashi Pratap Singh Shekhawat, Ankit Jain won the award for research work of Eco-Friendly Water Retention Natural Polymer. They carried their project work under guidance of Dr. Shailendra Mohan Mathur.
As we know our country is agricultural depending economy and big part of our economy is depends on the agriculture. But production in agriculture is proportional to water availability.
In India 266 districts, in 11 states declared drought affected. The average food grain production between 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 is 255.59 million tons, while in 2015-2016, it is estimated to be at 253.16 million tones. More than 70% districts drought affected in 8 states. The data shows scarcity and unavailability of water causes too many losses. So we tried to create something helpful to retain water for long time, and in this trying we are successful to create a polymer named “Eco-Friendly Water Retention Natural Polymer”. Keeping in mind all the conditions of our country and our farmers we designed this product at low cost with much more efficiency. This polymer is working on properties of SAP. SAP have properties to absorb water of quantities of their own weight. It has more capacity to store water for long time. On testing of our product we found it may retain water for 4 to 6 weeks that means crops irrigated at intervals of 2 to 4 days are now can be irrigated at 7 to 8 days with less water consumption. Therefore, finally farmers can get more crop production in low water consumption. Our natural polymer is designed by use of waste material like banana peels and peepal barks with gel. As all the ingredient used are biodegradable, so our designed product is also biodegradable and completely pollution free i.e. it is easily mixed with soil and does not create any problem in the future.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation to Narayan Lal Gurjar, Shashi Pratap Singh Shekhawat, Ankit Jain, College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.