From the Director's Desk ....

Co 0212 has been released in Tamil Nadu state. This is a high yielding variety with sugar recovery on par with Co 86032. Its best performance was in coastal TN and delta region of the state where Co 86032 is not performing well. Co 0212 will be a suitable alternative to Co 86032 in these regions.

QRT reviewed the work of the Institute during 2009-10 to 2014-15 and has graded the ICAR-SBI as OUTSTANDING. It is for the 2nd consecutive time that the Institute has been graded as OUTSTANDING by QRT.

In an effort to have better collaboration with sugar industries in the state of Tamil Nadu, a programme on “Enhancing Sugar Productivity in Tamil Nadu through Institute-Industry Participatory Approach” was proposed to SISMA-TN with the following objectives:

  1. To conduct varietal evaluation trials for identification of location specific varieties.
  2. To supply tissue culture material as part of the seed nursery programme in Tamil Nadu.
  3. To undertake survey and surveillance of insect pests and diseases in sugarcane.
  4. To organize frontline technology demonstrations in sugar factory/farmer’s fields.

The SISMA-TN has conveyed its’ in principal approval of the proposed programme.

A program on developing Sugarcane Farmer Leaders through training has been initiated covering 8 sugar mills in the state of Tamil Nadu. M/s Prakruthi, Bengaluru is sponsoring this programme. A total of 1000 SFLs will be trained and their services will be utilised by those 8 sugar mills while conducting village / block level ‘Farmers Meetings’. Another similar program covering 5 low productivity districts of TN state has been approved with the support of NABARD. A total of 125 farmers (25 from each districts) will be trained under this program (district-wise need based training).

The Institute’s campus was cleaned under the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan and about 1,000 saplings of different species were planted to make it a Green Campus.

The Institute Congratulates Dr. R. Viswanathan, Head, Division of Crop Protection on being the 1st NAAS Fellow from the Institute.

Once again I reiterate my invitation to all the sugarcane growers and sugar industry personnel to join hands with the ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute in finding solutions to the various threats posed to sugarcane cultivation in order to benefit the farming community.

Bakshi Ram


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