Kharkiv Petro Vasylenko National Technical University of Agriculture
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Scientific activity of the university: problems, achievements, prospects

Part 1. According to the Development Strategy of KhNTUA until 2021.

The Department of Media Communications of KhNTUA continues the topic of development of our university, which is published under the heading “Growth Points”. In particular, in our materials, we try to assess how our university has changed in recent years, what achievements it can be proud of, and what are the prospects for successful development and strengthening of its position in the educational and scientific space.

For now, we will talk about the science and research activities of the university, which are one of the priority areas of the Development Strategy of the Kharkiv Petro Vasylenko National Technical University of Agriculture for the period up to 2021.

At once we will note that lately the state practically does not finance university science, and is more exact – finances separate scientific researches on a grant principle by results of competitive selection. Therefore, today university science is in a rather difficult situation and largely relies on the internal reserves and enthusiasm of scientists, who, despite everything, continue their work. For example, at our university, lecturers of the department of OTS have been working on the efficiency of joint sowing of fodder crops of corn and their experimental seeder “Vega-8 Profi” for more than a year. The schematic diagram of this drill was developed by scientists of KhNTUA, and its prototype was made at the plant of PJSC “Elworthy”. The first results of research conducted in the fields of DDG “Kutuzovske” of Kharkiv district, gave quite encouraging results.

It is important to note that scientific experiments with joint crops are carried out under the agreement on creative scientific and technical activities between our university, Kharkiv State Zooveterinary Academy, the Institute of Agriculture of the North-East of NAASU, and its research farm. The head of this topic is Associate Professor M. Tsyganenko, and the curator and generator of ideas, Vice-Rector for Research, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor VI Miller.

In addition, teachers of the Department of Agricultural Machinery KhNTUA for several years in a row together with scientists from the Institute of Vegetable and Melon NAAS of Ukraine perform research work on the development of mechanized energy-saving technology for growing potatoes under a layer of mulch. Previous research has shown that growing potatoes using this technology reduces the labor costs of machine operators by 1.7 times, fuel costs by 4 times, and does not require artificial irrigation and the use of herbicides to kill weeds. At the same time, in all field experiments, increased potato yields were obtained in comparison with control plots.

The work of scientists has already interested farmers who specialize in growing potatoes, and scientists KhNTUSG are working on developing new topics that have not only theoretical but also practical value. To do this, they actively use the teaching and laboratory facilities of the university, which has been significantly updated in recent years.

Media Communications Department