Experts ask to use latest technologies to increase sugarcane production

Patna: The two-day annual meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Sugarcane organized by Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University (RPCAU) at Pusa (Samstipur) ended on Friday with a call to augment the production of sugarcane by applying latest agricultural technologies, reported The Times of India.

In his address, P.S. Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of RPCAU, highlighted the significant progress made by India in sugarcane research in recent years. India currently ranks second globally in sugarcane production, trailing only Brazil. Pandey urged concerted efforts to elevate India to the top spot in the world, emphasizing the necessity to address the challenges associated with sugarcane production while taking into account local soil and climate conditions. He also stressed the importance of developing climate-resilient crop varieties.

D.K. Yadav, Assistant Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and A.K. Singh, Director of the Sugarcane Research Institute, provided insights into various sugarcane varieties and recommended techniques to increase production.

R. Vishwanathan, Director of the Sugarcane Research Centre in Lucknow, stated that the AICRP on Sugarcane has developed 144 sugarcane varieties, with 82 of them having received approval from the Central Varietal Release Committee (CVRC) for commercial cultivation in various parts of the country.

The meeting attracted over 100 delegates from across the nation, and Mrityunjay Kumar, Registrar of RPCAU, extended his gratitude with a vote of thanks.


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