Kisan – Vigyan Samagam organised at Modipuram
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India highlighted that sugarcane is the backbone of agrarian economy. There is need to enhance the sugar recovery from 8.5 to 10% and this could be achieved by using quality seed of improved varieties. Dr. Baliyan appreciated the efforts of IISR and emphasized on strong coordination and linkage among the ICAR Research Institutes, SAUs and the sugarcane farmers to harness the untapped potential of sugarcane in the State. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of “Kisan – Vigyan Samagam” organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow at ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming System Research, Modipuram, Meerut. The Samagam was attended by more than 200 farmers, sugar factory representatives and scientists of IISR, Lucknow.
Dr. B. Gangwar, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming System Research (IIFSR), Meerut welcomed the guests and highlighted that sugarcane farming is the most remunerative crop in western UP. Dr. H.S. Gaur, Vice Chancellor, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut expressed his concern over the declining sugar recovery and stressed the need for adoption of improved varieties in the region.
Dr. O.K. Sinha, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR), Lucknow explained the need organizing Kisan – Vigyan Samagam in western Uttar Pradesh. He also expressed his concern that sugarcane farmers of this area need to be informed about the better varieties. He urged sugar mills to intensify development programme. He also informed about the quality seed production programme of the Institute. He expressed his satisfaction that there is considerable decline in the area under old varieties of sugarcane and increase in area under new and improved varieties. He assured that scientists of the Institute will coordinate with farmers so that potential of improved technologies is realized.
Sugar mill representatives from Khatoli, Modinagar, Shamali and Naglamal Sugar Mills also raised their concern over the declining sugar recovery. They appreciated the efforts of IISR, Lucknow to organize the Samagam and called it the need of the hour. They also expressed their concern regarding varietal balance, crop geometry, nutritional profiling of soil and crop rotation. Dr. J.P. Singh, Chief Cane Advisor, National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills, New Delhi informed that federation is working constantly for betterment of sugarcane farmers. He also expressed his concern that yield of sugarcane and sugar is going down even after extensive research in the field due to complexities of problems. He stressed on the need for a holistic approach to address these problems and coordination among all the stakeholders of the sugarcane. Dr. T.K. Srivastava, Head, Division of Crop Production proposed vote of thanks.
An exhibition of technologies and machineries developed by IISR, Lucknow; ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore and other departments was also organized in the Samagam. During the technical session, lectures on sugarcane varieties for western Uttar Pradesh, need of replacement of sugarcane seeds and methods, production and management of quality seed and PPV&FR were delivered by the scientists of IISR. The farmers actively interacted with the sugarcane scientists and discussed their problems in depth. In the question-answer session, sugarcane cultivation related questions were asked to the farmers and winners were awarded by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India.