3rd September, 2014
Dr. Sanjeev Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries visited Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and reviewed the on-going research work. He was apprised of the technologies developed by the institute and he took keen interest in the special features of the cane varieties CoLk 94184, CoLk 9709 and CoLk 07201.
The adoption of wheat intercrop with sugarcane under FIRB system is need of the hour, especially in western UP to enhance the profitability and productivity of widely prevalent wheat-sugarcane cropping system, he emphasized. While visiting newly established Bio- control lab, Minister interacted with scientists on different bio agents beneficial in management of sugarcane diseases and pests. Dr. Balyan stressed on wide scale popularization of techniques in order to curtail the use of pesticides.
Dr. Balyan emphasized on large scale adoption of various useful machines to enhance cane productivity and profitability of cane growers. During his visit to Krishi Vigyan Kendra, he expressed his concern for an efficient extension method to transfer cane technologies to sugarcane farmers with less time lag.
He also addressed the scientists and staff of the institute and urged for concerted efforts to overcome the problem of stagnating cane yield.
(Source: Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)