|Meet on Jaggery, AICRP Workshop and Jaggery Carnival held at the institute|
National Meet on Modernization of Jaggery Industry, 30th Biennial Workshop of AICRP on Sugarcane and Jaggery Carnival begins today in IISR
Two days National Meet on Modernization of Jaggery Industry, Workshop on Sugarcane and Jaggery Carnival was inaugurated by Mr. K. K. Gupta, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Lucknow on November 01, 2014 at IISR, Lucknow. While welcoming the Chief Guest and delegates Dr. S. Solomon, Director, IISR remarked that ever-increasing population coupled with associated challenges, necessitates us to achieve a target sugar production of about 36 million tons, with increased sugarcane production (~600 mt), productivity (>100t/ha) and sugar recovery (11%) by 2030, from the present productivity (~70 t/ha) and recovery (~10%) levels. He also quoted that there is need to intensify research efforts for technological advancement in quality jaggery and value added jaggery production in the country. Dr. Solomon said that this platform will provide networking opportunity to researchers, processors, entrepreneurs, growers and city folks for knowledge sharing in sugarcane & jaggery research, which will create awareness among large mass about benefits of jagggery production and health benefits of its consumption. More than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, development workers and farmers are participating in the program.
While delivering inaugural address Mr. K. K. Gupta said that the cane sugar productivity in India is low in comparison to countries like Mauritius and others. Low cost technology need to be evolved for small and marginal farmers who are in majority. Strategy need to chalk out for increasing investments to create advance research and development infrastructures in cane cultivation and jaggery production. While Chairing the inaugural session Dr. N. Gopala Krishnan, ADG (CC), ICAR, New Delhi said that sugarcane researchers must develop cutting edge technology by applying biotechnological and molecular marker tools for managing sugarcane diseases and pest in more effective manner. Climate resilient variety and corresponding cultivation package is need of the hour. Dr. Bakshi Ram, Director, SBI, Coimbatore presented status on varietal scenario and remarked that during last 7-8 decades about 600 cane varieties have been developed out of which only 30-35 varieties are being adopted by the farmers and this situation is not at all desirable. There is need to change the adoption scenario by developing smart cane variety based on emerging demand for high tonnage, sugar and fibers.
Dr. O. K. Sinha presented the report on All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Sugarcane (AICRP(S)) and said that AICRP has been co-ordinating and monitoring multi-location testing of advanced breeding material and germ plasm for identification of location specific improved sugarcane varieties and also of improved agro-techniques and plant protection strategies in this crop, since its initiation in 1971. The sharing of benefits of technologies identified after testing is also ensured through this system.
Jaggery and khandsari industry has been one among the most important sugarcane-based cottage industries of India. With an annual production of approximately 6-8 MT, India accounts for almost 70 % of the world jaggery production and exports 2-3 lakh MT of jaggery. Besides being an important natural sweetener, jaggery is a source of energy and nutrition, thereby making it an important component of nutritional security package. Despite its tremendous scope, jaggery has remained in the background, with several challenges like low recovery, reduced shelf life, lack of modern facilities etc. With the demand for jaggery steadily growing in the rural, urban and semi-urban areas, the jaggery and related industries need to be revived and modernized so that it become competitive, gearing up to the demands of globalization and trade liberalization in international market. The delegates of National Meet will share and discuss the issues of modernizing the jaggery industry in India.
In the Jaggery carnival competitions like sack race, rabbit race, run with jaggery cubes, drawing, carving on jaggery, fancy dress competition, balloon blowing etc. were organised. Jaggery Carnival is targeted to create awareness among kids, students, ladies, house wives about the health benefits of jaggery by showcasing the jaggery and related value added products. In the competitions organized today, a large number of children, students and ladies participated with all enthusiasm.