Annual Group Meeting of ICAR-AICRP on Sugarcane organized

14 - 16 October, 2019, Karnataka

The ICAR- All India Coordinated Research Project on Sugarcane organized its “Annual Group Meeting” at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka from 14th to 16th October, 2019.

Annual Group Meeting of ICAR-AICRP on Sugarcane organized  Annual Group Meeting of ICAR-AICRP on Sugarcane organized

Dr. R.K. Singh, ADG (CC), ICAR, New Delhi marked his presence as the Chief Guest of the occasion.

Dr. M.B. Chetti, Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad urged the scientists for coming out with the short duration sugarcane varieties to save water.

Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director and PC (S), ICAR-IISR, Lucknow highlighted the varietal/technological impact on enhancing the sugarcane productivity and thereby sugar production at the national level.

Dr. Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore urged the government to take up the inclusion of the sugarcane seed production under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for empowering the sugarcane growers financially.

Earlier, Dr. P.L. Patil, Director (Research), University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad welcomed the delegates and participants.

Shri P.V. Shirgaokar, Chairman, The Ugar Sugar Works Ltd., Belagavi, stressed upon developing the sugarcane varieties for the abiotic stress conditions.

The main purpose of the meeting was to review the research progress and formulate the Technical Programme for the Year - 2020-21.

The main outcomes of the Group Meeting were as follows:

  • Four sugarcane varieties under midlate maturity group viz. CoS 12232 (Sahaj-3) & Co13035 ( Karan-14) for North West Zone, CoC 13339 for East Coast Zone, and Co 12009 (Sankalp) for Peninsular Zone were identified for release and notification by Varietal Identification Committee headed by Dr. R.K. Singh, ADG (CC), ICAR, New Delhi.
  • Fifty three new entries from 17 centres were included for multi-location testing under the ICAR-AICRP on Sugarcane.
  • Two Agro-Technologies, viz., Drip Irrigation and Carbon Sequestration through sugarcane based cropping system have been developed and recommended for commercial application by sugarcane growers.
  • In order to popularize the drip irrigation in Punjab state, the State Government has made provision of giving subsidy up to Rs. 5 lakhs to the farmers.
  • The Government of Uttar Pradesh has made substantial amount of fund provision to accelerate the sugarcane based cropping systems meant for enhancing carbon sequestration.
  • Two technologies under crop protection have been developed and recommended for their commercial use to minimize the yield losses.
  • Low incidence of insect-pests with higher sugarcane yield and B:C ratio was recorded in IPM plot against farmers practice. Therefore, the IPM Module based technology is recommended to the sugarcane farmers.
  • The epidemic cycles of Pyrilla perpusilla are the serious problem in the sugarcane growing areas. Therefore, mass multiplication technology of Fulgoraesia (Epiricania) melanoleuca is recommended for the biological laboratories in the different research institutions.
  • A web based AICRP Reporter has been developed for online data submission. It was presented for application and use by the researchers. It will be useful for quick and accurate data processing and report preparation. The data of the Year - 2019-20 of crop improvement will be submitted online.
  • Three publications, viz., Project Coordinator’s Report, ICAR-AICRP at a glance and a Technical Bulletin on sugarcane production were released.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)