November 1st, 2014, Lucknow
ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow organized a two-day National Meet on Modernization of Jaggery Industry, in which 30th Biennial Workshop of AICRP on Sugarcane and Jaggery was also organized.
Mr. K. K. Gupta, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Lucknow, while delivering inaugural address, said the cane sugar productivity in India is low in comparison to countries like Mauritius and others. Low cost technology need to be evolved for small and marginal farmers who are in majority.
Dr. N. Gopala Krishnan, ADG (CC), ICAR, said sugarcane researchers must develop cutting edge technology by applying biotechnological and molecular marker tools for managing diseases and pest in more effective manner. Climate resilient variety and corresponding cultivation package is need of the hour.
Dr.Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore presented status on varietal scenario and remarked that during last 7-8 decades about 600 cane varieties have been developed out of which only 30-35 varieties are being adopted by the farmers. There is need to change the adoption scenario by developing smart cane variety based on emerging demand for high tonnage, sugar and fibers.
While welcoming the Chief Guest and delegates, Dr. S. Solomon, Director, IISR remarked that ever-increasing population coupled with associated challenges, necessitates us to achieve a target sugar production of about 36 million tons, with increased sugarcane production (~600 mt), productivity (>100t/ha) and sugar recovery (11%) by 2030.
Dr. O. K. Sinha, Project Coordinator presented the report on AICRP on Sugarcane and said that it has been co-ordinating and monitoring multi-location testing of advanced breeding material and germ plasm for identification of location specific improved sugarcane varieties and also of improved agro-techniques and plant protection strategies in this crop, since its initiation in 1971. The sharing of benefits of technologies identified after testing is also ensured through this system.
A Jaggery carnival was also organised. Jaggery Carnival was targeted to create awareness among kids, students, ladies, house wives about the health benefits of jaggery by showcasing the jaggery and related value added products.
More than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, development workers and farmers participated in the program.
(Source: IISR, Lucknow)