Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University (ANGRAU) is organising a three-day ‘International Workshop on Natural Dyes’ in collaboration with National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research from March 5.
Briefing newsmen here on Saturday, Angrau director of research K Raja Reddy said that the workshop is under NAIP sub-project ‘A Value Chain in Natural Dyes’. The research project was given to Angrau with A Sharada Devi was its principal investigator. “The research project taken up at the cost of `4.5 crore six years ago, dealt with how the natural dyes can be made economically and ecologically viable. The project will conclude in March and the three-day workshop intends to deliberate several issues pertaining to the standardisation and certification of the dyes,” he said.
The workshop will be attended by about 25 scientists involved with natural dyes from 15 countries along with 250 farmers, weavers, industrialists and scientists from across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharada Devi said that in their six years of research, they have come up with several methods and projects for making natural dyes economically viable for both farmers and weavers. They developed thousands of shades and ensured that the resultant products are pollution free.
The workshop will deal with potential natural dye resources-collection and cultivation aspects etc.