1st December, 2020, Coimbatore
The ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore in collaboration with the National Agriculture Development Cooperative Ltd. (NADCL), Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir has organized a 21-day “Virtual Advanced National Training Programme on Recent Scientific Interventions and Practices of Sugarcane Breeding, Production and Utilization for Doubling Farmers’ Income” from 1st to 21st December, 2020.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR commended the Institute’s contribution for its “Co” varieties grown in over 78 % of sugarcane area in the country. He emphasized on the need for broadening the genetic base and micro-propagation for producing healthy planting materials to prevent the genetic vulnerability of sugarcane to pests and diseases.
In his address, Dr. Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-SBI, Coimbatore highlighted the varietal contribution made by the Institute in developing over 3,200 “Co canes” during 108 years of breeding. He also stressed on the need for sustainable development of improved varieties coupled with adopting mechanization to meet the sugar and ethanol demand in the country.
Prof. M.P. Thakur, Director of Instruction and Controller of Examinations, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur lauded the Institute for varietal contribution, particularly, Co 0238 benefiting the farmers and millers. He stressed on water saving sugarcane agriculture through drip irrigation.
Earlier, Dr. Ratna Nashine, Dean, College of Agriculture and Research Station, Narayanpur, (IGKV, Raipur) Chhattisgarh welcomed the guests and participants.
A total of 141 participants representing the Agricultural Universities, Veterinary Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and other Institutes from 18 States and 2 Union Territories are virtually participating in the training programme.
(Source: ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore)