Sugarcane farmers may increase their income by intercropping of oilseeds, pulses, potatoes, and cucumber with sugarcane: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Sugarcane farmers can make the best of intercropping technique and increase their income by growing oilseeds, pulses, potatoes, and cucumber with sugarcane: Shri Radha Mohan SinghUnion Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressed a gathering at “100 years of Excellence In Sugarcane Research: variety 205 to variety 0238”and “New India Manthan – Sankalp Se Siddhi” events, organised by ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre, Karnal here today. Shri Radha Mohan Singh informed the gathering that with the help of Sir Dr Venkatraman, for the first time, hybrid clone variety 205 (Saccharum officinarum and Saccharum spontaneum) was developed for sub-tropical climate, which was launched in 1918 for commercial farming. The hybrid clone led to 50% increase in sugarcane production in North India and popular ones like Saccharum barberi and Saccharum sinensis were left far behind.

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'DAC' Technology for All-Weather Biogas Production Exclusively From Poultry Excreta

'DAC' Technology for All-Weather Biogas Production Exclusively From Poultry ExcretaIndustrialization and intensification of poultry farming has led to generation of poultry wastes to the tune of 28-30 million metric tonnes per annum. These wastes are posing many environmental and health threats due to lack of proper utilization technologies/ disposal methods. Therefore, scientists of ICAR-Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP)-243122 had developed a novel ‘DAC’ technology for all-weather biogas production exclusively from poultry excreta. This technology was tested on a pilot biogas plant comprising of anaerobic digester (200 lit) with various common components like inlet pipe, outlet pipe, gas collector, biogas compressor, gas cylinders etc. (Fig.1). The poultry biogas burns like LPG with blue flame (Fig.2). The composition of poultry biogas revealed that the methane (%, V/V) was  60.02 which is equal to or better than biogas available from other methods and substrate.

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