19 - 20 October, 2020, Lucknow
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh virtually organized the 33rd Biennial Workshop of the ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Sugarcane from 19th to 20th October, 2020.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) appreciated the sugarcane researchers and other associated stakeholders’ efforts for the surplus production of sugar to the tune of about 33 Million Tonnes as against the domestic requirement of 25 Million Tonnes in the country. Dr. Mohapatra also expressed his apprehension over 72% area coverage by only two sugarcane varieties, viz., Co 0238 and Co 86032 which may lead to catastrophe in the event of severe abiotic or biotic stresses. He suggested working on reducing the sugarcane production’s cost to ensure the country’s stake in the competitive global market.
Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR suggested for Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) of genotypes to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of breeding programme. He also suggested the post-harvest value-addition for more profitability.
Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and the Project Coordinators presented the research highlights of the ICAR-AICRPs during 2019-20 and highlighted the contribution of the varietal / technological advancements in enhancing the sugar production in the country.
The Varietal Identification Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma identified 7 varieties for release in the Peninsular Zone (MS 13081-Early group; VSI 12121and Co 13013-Mid-late group), North West Zone (Co 15023-Early group; CoPb 14185 and CoLk 14204-Mid-Late group) and North Central & North Eastern Zones (CoSe 11453-Mid-late group) during the occasion.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes virtually participated in the workshop.
About 200 delegates virtually attended the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)