18th December 2016, Lucknow
Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh visited the ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and inaugurated a one-day Seminar on “Improving productivity and quality of hybrid rice and sugarcane in Uttar Pradesh” today.
Shri Naik urged the scientists to disseminate technologies developed to the farmers. He also said the consumption of improved jaggery should be increased among the masses. He also emphasized that Scientists should work on diversified uses of sugarcane to make sugarcane cultivation more profitable.
The Governor was shown technologies developed by the Institute including new varieties developed, crop production technology, bio-control of insect pests and diseases, agricultural machineries developed for mechanization of sugarcane farming and jaggery manufacturing. Shri Naik appreciated the efforts of the ICAR-IISR Scientists in developing the improved technology of sugarcane cultivation.
Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow in his welcome address advocated for more blending of ethanol in petrol in future and accruing its benefits to the sugarcane farmers, sugar industry and the economy of the country. He was also awarded Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for outstanding performance in enhancing agriculture production.
Sh. Gyan Singh, Director (Agriculture), UP and Sh. B.K. Yadav, Managing Director, U.P. Cooperative Sugar Mill Federation also expressed their views on increasing production and productivity of rice and sugarcane.
The programme was attended by more than 300 scientists and officers of ICAR Institutes, SAUs, State Department of Agriculture, Cane Development and U.P. Cooperative Sugar Mill Federation Ltd. Dr. R.P. Singh, Director, Krishi Evam Gramin Vikas Sewa Samiti conducted the programme and proposed vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and all the participants.