The Institute is providing Consultancy services on Establishment and Management of Commercial Goat Farms on payment basis.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Sr. Scientist (FMP), Division of Animal Nutrition, Management and Products Technology, along with his associates has been awarded with NRDC National Societal Innovation Award of the Year 2018 for developing “Complete Technology Package of Beehive Charcoal Briquettes for North East Hilly Region”
Beehive briquettes are mainly charcoal briquettes of circular shape having diameter of 150 mm and height of 80 mm made from char and clay mud mixed in certain proportion. There are many perpendicular holes due to which it looks like beehive. Dried beehive briquette produces smokeless blue flame during burning for 2.5 to 3 hrs. It can be burnt in a metal stove. The briquette is placed on the grate of the stove and ignited by putting a fire below by dried woodchips. Once the briquette catches fire at the base, fire spreads uniformly and propagates upward. It can be used for cooking and space heating. This is an eco-friendly alternative clean source of household fuel to save electricity and wood fuel. Emission of harmful gases from burning briquette is very low as compared to wood and woody biomass which is commonly used by rural people. The calorific value of this briquette is approximately 18-20 MJ/kg and emission of CO, CO2, CH4, NO, and NOx ranges between 0.05-0.1%, 0.1-0.5%, 100-200 ppm, 0.5-3.0 ppm and 0.5-3.5 ppm respectively which are well within the permissible limits.