A 2-day farmers’ conference –cum- extensive fields visit was organized in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh on September 19-20, 2018 at KVK, Narsinghpur.
Dr. A. D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow said Narsinghpur is one of the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh, having black cotton soils deficient in Mn and Fe with clay content of 60-65 % possessing more water holding capacity. Dr. Pathak said approximately 70% area is sprinkler irrigated and about 35% cane acreage is under intercropping with September-October planted sugarcane. He further told that about 65% of the total sugarcane area of MP is in Narsinghpur district (approximately 70000 ha) which is known as the sugar bowl of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana of India. Dr Pathak emphasised that technological interventions will be initiated for higher cane and sugar production in the area.
Shri Abhay Verma, District Magistrate, Narsinghpur, told sugarcane farmers are very much eager to develop jaggery production entrepreneurship and trying to install some improved plants for that. He further told that there are around 3000 jaggery units and two automated khandsari plants in the area.
Shri Sadhu Ram Sharma, Ex-Cane Commissioner, Govt. of MP informed that farmers are totally dependent on cane varieties developed from other States of India as no sugarcane variety has been developed from research stations located in Madhya Pradesh. Sugarcane varieties viz., Co 0238, Co 86032, Co 92005, Co VSI 3102, Co VSI 8005, Co VSI 10001 and Co M 0265 are presently under cultivation, but with prevalence of various diseases particularly smut.
Scientists of the Institute stressed the need for scientific crop management practices, mechanization in sugarcane farming, improving soil fertility by adopting principles of organic farming in sugarcane based cropping systems. While making concluding remarks
The conference was attended by more than 400 sugarcane farmers, district level officers besides a number of innovative sugarcane farmers including Shri Chandra Shekhar Tiwari who cultivate sugarcane with scientific crop management practices with no cane trash burning.
This conference was conducted on September 19, 2018 followed by the extensive fields visit to 06 villages (Kanwas, Kareli, Singhpur, Mekh, Nanhegaon and Mugli) of the district. on September 20, 2018.
(Source: IISR-ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)