ICAR-Indian Institute Sugarcane Research (IISR), Lucknow celebrated its 68th Foundation Day on February 16, 2019 which marks the successful journey of 67th glorious years of sugarcane research since the establishment of the Institute in the year 1952. Two other programmes viz. IkshuFest 2019 and International Conference-2019 (February 16-19, 2019) begins today to commemorate this occasion. Inaugurating the function, the Chief Guest, Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (HS & CS) ICAR urged the need for crop planning in the country in view of bumper production of sugarcane and other crops. Dr. Singh congratulated IISR for its outstanding contributions which has culminated in highest ever sugarcane and sugar production in the world and urged the Scientists to work for its sustainability without any adverse effect on the environment. Dr. Singh dedicated the discipline and dedication of the Institute staff to its location on the Military Farm, which binds all and make the efforts like army. Dr. Singh urged the Scientists to develop improved varieties of sugarcane with higher factor productivity and to aware farmers about various schemes of the Central and State Govt. which may be beneficial for the farmers. Dr. R.K. Singh, ADG (Commercial Crops), ICAR appreciated the efforts of IISR Scientists for continuously increasing sugarcane and sugar production in the State for the last two years, surpassing Maharashtra.
Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR delivered the welcome address and highlighted the achievements made during the last year. Dr. Pathak informed that the Institute has developed five varieties during last 18 months and contributed immensely in production and protection technology. Dr. Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-SBI, Coimbatore also appreciated the development of machinery suitable for sugarcane cultivation which are being tested in the South India also. Dr. Sushil Solomon, VC, CSAUA&T, Kanpur termed the event as Ikshu Kumbh as large number of Scientists, Industry representatives and farmers across the globe are celebrating IISR Foundation Day to discuss the green technologies to be adopted for sugarcane cultivation to increase sugar production without harming the environment. Dr. Shivajirao Deshmukh, DG, VSI, Pune congratulated the Institute for scaling new height. Dr. Narendra Mohan, Director, NSI, Kanpur gave a Mantra of Attitude, Discipline and Diversification to the sugar industry. Dr. J. Singh, Director, UPCSR, Shahjahanpur felt the need of pure seed production of sugarcane variety Co 0238 so that it may sustain for more years. On this occasion, 16 employees of the Institute were honoured with the Excellence Award in various categories and the Team of Crop Improvement Division was also honoured for the outstanding contributions. Life Time Achievements Awards, Awards of Excellence, Fellow Awards and Appreciation Awards were also given by Society for Research and Promotion to the persons having immense contribution in various fields. Seeds of two improved varieties were also distributed among more than 100 participating sugarcane farmers. A live demonstration on sugarcane machines was also conducted for the benefit of visiting farmers. Dr. S.K. Shukla, PC (Sugarcane) and Dr. Amaresh Chandra proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was conducted by Dr. Anita Sawnani.
In International Conference-Sugarcon 2019, more than 200 Scientists, including 23 delegates from China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, Vietnam and Belgium are participating to discuss the green technologies to be adopted in sugarcane production to increase the sugar production.