The Indian Institute of Sugar cane Research (IISR) has joined hands with the Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute (BSRI) for exploring areas of sugarcane research for joint collaboration.
A high level delegation led by Dr Kamal Humayun Kabir, director general, BSRI, Bangladesh, came to the IISR to begin a weeklong training and interaction. A dialogue was organised on the issue on Thursday at the institute. The BSRI group will also study sugarcane technologies developed by the IISR. Dr S Solomon, director, IISR highlighted the technological achievements of the institute, challenges ahead before sugarcane and sugar sector in India. The IISR future plans to address those challenges. He said that sugar industry in India was an important mechanism for socio-economic development in rural areas. This sector in India engages 6 million farmers and 2.5 million skilled and non-skilled workers.
“India has rich infrastructure in sugarcane and sugar sector with 3 sugarcane research institutes, 2 sugar technology institutes, 10 universities educating sugar technology and 6000 industries in sugar machinery manufacturing,” said Dr Solomon.
“To achieve the target of 600 mt sugarcane, 36 mt sugar by 2030, India has to produce sugarcane on 6 mt ha area with 100 t/ha yield and sugar @ 11% recovery, the IISR has formulated the strategy,” said Dr Solomon.
Dr AK Sah, senior scientist at the IISR, said the IISR can offer technical support to BSRI in many areas of research, development, training, consultancy.
The agro-techniques developed by IISR, STP, ring-pit method of planting, can-node technique, sugarcane based intercropping, bio-control of insect-pests, may be quite helpful in increasing yield of sugarcane in Bangladesh.