19th January 2018, Lucknow
Zonal Breeders’ Meet was organized at ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow today The meeting was organized to finalize the sugarcane genotypes for the Advanced Varietal Trials.
Shri Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, Principal Secretary, Cane Development & Sugar Industries and Cane Commissioner, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, in his inaugural address highlighted eight pronged strategy of Govt. of UP for doubling the income of the sugarcane farmers. He said that emphasis is being laid by the Department on seed cane treatment, seed replacement, increasing area under autumn planting and ratoon management for increasing the cane productivity. Application of fertilizers as per soil health of the field, promoting drip irrigation/fertigation, establishing farm mechanization bank in every cane society and promoting intercropping with sugarcane will be helpful in reducing cost of sugarcane cultivation which will ultimately lead to increasing the income of the farmers. He stressed the need of developing more linkage and coordination between ICAR- IISR, UPCSR, Cane Department of UP and sugar mills to enable sugarcane farmers to accrue the benefits of R & D in sugarcane
Dr. V.K. Shukla, Additional Cane Commissioner, U.P. gave the account of development activities taken up by the State Government for improving sugarcane productivity in Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. R.K. Singh, Assistant Director General (Commercial Crops), ICAR, New Delhi and Chairman of the inaugural function informed that 116 varieties of sugarcane have been released in India through CVRC since 1950-51. He urged the breeders to develop drought and water logging tolerant varieties and using biotechnological interventions for sustainable sugarcane production in the changing climate scenario.
Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow briefed the Institute’s R & D efforts for improving sugarcane productivity, farmers income and sugar recovery. He mentioned that area under sugarcane variety developed by the institute i.e. CoLk 94184 has occupied more than 2.5 lakh ha in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He also mentioned that Institute has developed number of farm machineries for timely field operation, reducing cost of production and drudgeries of labourers, addressing the problems of labour scarcity and for enhancement of yield. The Institute has also identified number of bioagents to control the insect-pests and diseases. He informed that IISR has adopted eight villages of Central Uttar Pradesh for doubling the income of sugarcane farmers.
Dr. Bakshi Ram Director, ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore and Principal Investigator, Crop Improvement presented overview of Breeders Meet and highlighted contribution of sugarcane breeders in improving sugarcane yield and sugar recovery. Dr. Ram finalized the various entries for Advanced Varietal Trials to be taken up by the breeders in ensuing crop season
At the outset, Dr. S.K. Shukla, Project Coordinator (Sugarcane) presented results of Initial Varietal Trials conducted under AICRP (S).
About 100 scientists, state cane development officials and sugarcane breeders from various research institutes, universities, centers’ working under All India Coordinated Research Project on Sugarcane (AICRP(S)) participated in the Meet.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)