Webinar on ‘Combating post COVID-19 challenges in the sugarcane sector through appropriate technologies and approaches’

25th June 2020

 The ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore organized a webinar on ‘Combating post-COVID-19 challenges in the sugarcane sector through appropriate technologies and approaches’ today.

Inaugurating the webinar, Smt. Reeta Harish Thakkar, IAS, Commissioner of Sugar, Government of Tamil Nadu and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Sugar Corporation, said since lockdown, many sugar factories in the state have been operating with only 30-40% of capacity utilization.  She briefed about the several  initiatives taken the Government of Tamil Nadu to revive the sugar sector,  such as providing transport subsidy @ Rs.100/ton of cane, disbursement of NADP subsidy amounts and extending the production subsidy & micro-irrigation scheme under PMKSY (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana) for 2020.

Dr Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-SBI remarked that both the sugarcane farmers and the sugar mills have been suffering during the COVID-19 crisis. Mentioning that this webinar has been structured in such a way that the sharing of knowledge would help in overcoming the post pandemic challenges.

Distinguished speakers from the sugarcane industry and ICAR Institutes spoke during the webinar.

Over 660 participants from 19 states of the country and 5 foreign countries had registered and participated.

During the Q&A session,   more than 100 questions on the post COVID-19 issues pertaining to the sugarcane sector were posed by the participants.

While proposing a vote of thanks from the industry side to the Institute, Shri S.J. Lakshman, EID Parry (I) Ltd appreciated the efforts of the ICAR-SBI in providing solutions to various problems faced by the industry and the farmers. He specially mentioned about the two recent initiatives of the institute viz.  quality seed production under farmers participatory programme and releasing the short duration sugarcane variety Co 11015, which will help the sugar industry in the long run.

(Source: ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore)