Interface meeting of sugarcane researchers, development officials and sugar mills

Lucknow, 6 February 2017.

Interface meeting of sugarcane researchers, development officials and sugar mills Shri Vipin Kumar Dwiwedi (Cane Commissioner, Government of Uttar Pradesh) chaired an Interface meeting of stake holders (sugarcane scientists, officials of Uttar Pradesh Cane Development Department and sugar mills) at Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research. Shri Dwivedi said that in 2016-17 targets for cane yield and sugar recovery in the Uttar Pradesh has been fixed at 70 tonne/ha and 10.45, respectively. In current scenario Uttar Pradesh will achieve record sugar production of 81 lakh tonne that would be higher than the sugar production in Maharashtra.

Dr Sushil Solomon (Vice Chancellor, CSA University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur),   the chief guest remarked that sugarcane and sugar sector can contribute considerably in achieving the ambitious target of doubling farmers’ income by 2020. Dr Sushil Solomon focused on challenges like prolong the field life of improved varieties, improve ratoon yield, large-scale intercropping with sugarcane, effective seed cane production programme and phase out rejected varieties from cultivation.

Dr A.D. Pathak (Director, IISR) highlighted the cane variety development and seed cane production programme.Dr Pathak also informed that the Institute is implementing entrepreneurship development programme in seed cane production in Biswan Sugar Mill in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The Director of UPCSR, Shahjahanpur also presented the detail activity of his Institute for cane development in the State. Representatives of high sugar recovery achiever sugar mills shard their views in introducing technological and development interventions in mill zone areas which gave dividend in terms of high cane yield and recovery. The IISR scientists presented technical information in sugarcane machines, bi-control of insect-pests and weed management.  The other issues related to cane cultivation and sugar recovery in the state and also deliberated to decide road map for speedy growth of sugarcane sector in the state. It was decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Dr Solomon to suggest effective mechanism for seed cane production and distribution in the state.

About 300 participants comprising scientists, additional cane commissioner, Joint Cane Commissioner, Deputy Cane Commissioner, representative of 118 sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh discussed in detail.

(Source: ICAR-IISR, Lucknow)