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A BRIEF RESUME AND INTRODUCTION OF DR. RAJENDRA DESHMUKH

Dr. Rajendra Wasudeo Deshmukh is an M.Sc, and Ph.D in Horticulture and was associated as Assistant Professor of Horticulture with Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Agricultural University Dapoli, District - Ratnagiri, Maharashtra state, India for five years i.e. from 1985 to 1990.

He was also associated with a renowned Fertilizer Company in Mumbai as senior horticulturist for more than two decades and now working as free lancer horticultural consultant. He has successfully completed different turnkey horticultural projects all over the country. His knowledge in the field of horticulture especially in landscape development & maintenance, Podium gardens, orchard development, Nursery development & management, Green house technology, Organic farming, fertigation (Use of 100% water soluble fertilizers through drip irrigation ) etc, is unparallel.

He has also been associated with Mumbai University as “Visiting faculty” for teaching agro-horticultural subject matters like Organic Farming, Kitchen Gardening, Rose Cultivation, Indoor-out door plants, Terrace Gardening, Commercial Floriculture, Fruit & Vegetable cultivation, Bonsai, Winter Beauties, IPM in Home Gardening, Fertilizer management in Home gardening, container gardening, cultivation of exotic vegetables etc. for last 25 years.

Ruia college, Matunga, Mumbai has an Industrial Tie-up with BLOOMS to initiate a 3 years vocational course on “Green House Technology Management” with Post Graduation in a specialized subject. Blooms is responsible for designing the course, syllabus, teaching & training, Industrial visits to floriculture parks & green houses.

He has been regularly anchoring a very famous agricultural programme called “Krishi Darshan” live phone in program on Doordarshan (Mumbai Television) on every Thursday and anchored more than 600 shows till today. He interviewed VIPs like Agricultural Minister of State, Shri. Balasaheb Thorat, state Forest Minister Shri. Babanrao Pachpute, Commissioner of Agriculture, Maharashtra state, Shri. Prabhakar Deshmukh, Director of Agriculture, Maharashtra state, Director General of Fisheries Survey of India, Ex-Chief Secretary of Maharashtra state, Secretary of Irrigation Department, Maharashtra state, Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri, Ahemadnagar district, Director of Social Foresty, Maharashtra state etc.

He also had been anchoring an agricultural program on Doordarshan Mumbai (TV Show) entitled “ Sheti mazi phaidyachi” (Profitable farming)and completed more than 100 shows.

ABP Maza (starmaza) had started a Television show on “ Home Gardening” entitled “ Mazi Bag” for city farmers and garden lovers, show disseminated and depicted technical know - how and information related to home gardening. Dr.Rajendra Deshmukh was an expert anchor and did more than 50 shows.

Dr. Rajendra Deshmukh receiving the prestigious certificate on successful completion of an International training entitled “R & D in Irrigation & Fertigation in Controlled Environment (Green House)” from Hon’ble Shri. Mehta (On Right) The Indian Ambassador to Israel in 2002.

Countries Visited :-
He had been to Israel on scholarship to attend an International training course in “Research and Development in Irrigation and Fertigation in controlled environment” in the year 2002. He was the only candidate selected for this fellowship program from Maharashtra state in 2002.

Also visited Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore (2001), Srilanka, Maldives (2009), UAE, Kenya, Nigeria and Jordan to attend an international Horticultural conventions & Agricultural Exhibition.

Dr. Rajendra Deshmukh is an eminent horticulturist, good speaker as well as a sensible writer, regularly contributing research articles in different agricultural magazines at National and International level including the famous agricultural news paper “Agro-Won” in Marathi (Local language) first of its kind in the world recently started for farmers of the state by Sakal group of papers, Pune.

Dr. Rajendra Deshmukh received a prestigious literary award from Government of Maharashtra for the book entitled “Ashi Phulwa Paras Bag” (On Kitchen Garden) written by him. (2009).