Kalanaur (Gurdaspur): The construction work of the sugarcane institute that will help sugarcane farmers across the state as well as employment generation has begun on a war footing. The project costing Rs 45-crore will help farmers get a better variety of seeds that will increase their yield.
Cooperation Minister MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has pioneered the idea of the institute which has been named the Guru Nanak Dev Sugarcane Research and Development Institute (GNDSRDI). It is based on the Pune-based Vasantdada Sugarcane Institute (VSI) model.
According to the news report published in Tribuneindia.com, the construction work is likely to be completed by May next year. A 40-ft by15-ft hall has been constructed already and 15 acres has been brought under cultivation. Office infrastructure, including laboratories and classrooms, are being set up on 1 acre, while the remaining 99 acres will be used for research.