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Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Ex-DG (ICAR) visited institute

Few decades ago when Measurement of agriculture research impact was done first time in India, sugarcane was on top in terms of giving return to every rupee spent on research in sugarcane, said world great agricultural scientist Professor M. S. Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Govt. of India. Today he visited Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and interacted with Scientists of IISR. While addressing the agricultural scientists in IISR Auditorium he elaborates the importance of 3 Ms in Agriculture Research Design and Implementation. M-Management of entire resources involved in such a way that each one can give their best efforts; M-Monitoring of progress of the project to ensure fulfillment of objectives; and M-Measurement of research impact in terms of benefit derived by targeted clientele groups or society. He appealed sugarcane scientists to sustain the high quality of sugarcane research in order to best utilize public money and continue to give high return to each rupee spent on it. Prof. Swaminathan called upon entire fraternity of agricultural scientists to come up with fine-tuned research projects which truly reflect the coordination and incorporation of 3 Ms. He also emphasized on the proper balance between technology and public policy. We cannot develop technology in isolation, the consideration of need and demand of large section of society and political system must be addressed in our research endeavor. That is best way to be success in the process of demand driven technology generation and adoption. Prof Swaminathan also cited the successful example NDDB which revolutionized dairy development in India and emphasized on the need to replicate this success model of dairy cooperative in other sector of agriculture. The system of production by masses (i.e. large no. of farmers) and supported by mass production technology, that is in case of NDDB success must be adopted in entire agricultural production system in the country.

Indian agriculture achieved unparalleled progress in the world; still some dark spots tantalize us to think in innovative ways. Boom & bust cycle in sugarcane production, price fluctuation, climate change, unavailability of quality inputs, political interference etc. are the emergent problems which demand proper addressal with off the box thinking process, said Prof. Swaminathan. He also appealed scientists to indulge in participatory (involving end users) and pro-active research (tailored to solve the problem) at large. In the beginning, Dr. S. Solomon, Director, IISR welcome Prof. Swaminathan and apprised him about work and achievements of IISR during last 6 decades of glorious journey towards excellence. Many technologies like high sugar variety CoLk 94184, CoLk9709, ring pit planting, STP, Cane node technique, intercropping with sugarcane, Bio control of Insect-pests and diseases, MHAT for healthy seed production etc. developed by IISR transform the sugarcane scenario in the country from grim to prosperous. Sugarcane machines developed by IISR helped at large in reducing cost and labour in sugarcane cultivation. In the Year 2013, as “Year of Outreach”, IISR signed MOUs with Bihar Govt. for seed production and multiplication with financial assistance from govt. of Bihar. Now many countries of world like Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Indonesia, China, Brazil are collaborating with IISR for mutual benefits.