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National Seminar on IISR Initiatives for the Development of Sugarcane and Sugar Industry in Indian Subtropics has been postponed to November 29-30, 2013

Hon’ble Sri Tariq Anwar Ji, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India Visited IISR

The Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow has made unparalleled contribution during last 61 years since its establishment in 1952 with its excellent research work in Sugarcane. This was said by Honourable Sri Tariq Anwar Ji, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India during his day long visit to IISR on October 06, 2013. He appreciated and congratulated Scientists and Officers of IISR for this great accomplishment and achievement. Sri K. K. Sharma, National Coordinator, Panchayati Raj Nikaya, Sri Talib Ali, Dr. S. Solomon, Dr. J. K. Jena were present among dignitaries during visit.

Honorable Minister made thorough observations on researches and techniques developed by the Institute during his elaborate and detailed visit to laboratories and research farm. He also discussed the emerging issues and problems in Sugarcane cultivations prevalent in the state and in the country as a whole. He appealed scientists to carry out researches of high quality to increase agricultural yield in near future to match with the yield achieved by China.

He was amused to see the performance of the Institute’s varieties CoLk 94184 and CoLk 09709 on IISR farm and take note of efforts made by Institute for making available healthy seed material of these varieties to cane growers. He also discussed in detail about “seed-programme” being implemented by the Institute in the state of Bihar and appreciated the progress achieved. The extension activities being implemented by the Institute under “outreach-programme” was also enquired by the Minister and advised to expand the programme coverage to reach unreached in the remote areas.

Director of the Institute Dr. Solomon briefed the Minister on the National and International programme being implemented in joint collaboration with different agencies of India and other countries of the world. Unparalleled and innovative researches of the Institute attracted many countries of the world. Several cane growing countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Brazil, Indonesia, and Ethiopia are interested to take technical help of IISR for strengthening sugarcane & sugar industry in their respective country. Honorable Minister closely watch the cane production techniques mainly; planting methods (Ring-pit and Trench methods), cane-node and bud-chip method for seed saving and early germination, FIRB technique for simultaneous planting of sugarcane and wheat, Skip furrow technique for irrigation water saving, organic cultivation for soil health improvement and sustained cane yield, three-tier seed programme, sugarcane machines for cost and labour savings (cutter-planter, RMD, Harvester etc.), high sugar early maturing varieties, technique of healthy jaggery production and bio-control for pests & diseases management in the fields and appreciated the performance. Honorable Minister also addressed scientists and employees of IISR in auditorium and released two books namely; Uttar Pradesh men Kheti Ki Kisanopayogi Avashyak Jankari (Authors: Ashok K. Srivastava, Sanjay K. Duttmajumdar and Sushil Solomon) and Catalogue of Equipment and Technologies Developed for Processing, Handling and Storage of Jaggery (Authors: Jaswant Singh, S.I. Anwar, R.D. Singh and Dilip Kumar).