Foundation Day of ICAR-IISR, Lucknow
The 66th Foundation Day of ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow was celebrated on 16th February, 2017 with great fervour and enthusiasm. On the occasion, Padamshree Dr. M.M. Godbole, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine & Biotechnology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow delivered foundation day lecture on the subject Importance of Iodine in the food.
Chairing the Session, Dr. S. Rajan, Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow appreciated the research work done by the Institute during last six and a half decade for the betterment of sugarcane farmers and sugar industry. He also emphasised on the need of collaborative work for making available canned fresh sugarcane juice in its natural taste. Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, IISR, Lucknow conveyed his foundation day wishes to all the staff of IISR telephonically, as he was on official tour.
Dr. S.K. Shukla, Officiating Director of the Institute and Project Coordinator, AICRP on Sugarcane narrated the significant achievements of the Institute. He informed that for the very first time in the history of the country, Uttar Pradesh is likely to emerge as a major sugar producing state of the country and in this IISR technology has played the significant role. In Foundatin Lecture Programme Dr. A.K. Sharma, Principal Scientist and I/c PME welcomed the guests & participants.
More than 300 students and farmers visited the laboratories and research farm of the Institute. Dr. A. K. Sah, Incharge of Extension and Training at IISR gave detailed information on Institute’s work and technology developed by the Institute to the students and farmers. He informed that the cane variety CoLk 94184 (Birendra) developed by the Institute is being cultivated by the farmers of U.P. and Bihar in more than one lakh hectare area. Sugarcane cutter planter developed by the IISR is being used by 2.63 lakh sugarcane farmers. The entrepreneurship development in seed cane production programme, being executed by the Institute for the last four years, has increased the income of the cane farmers considerably. Apart from it, sugar recovery of Biswan Sugar Mill in Sitapur district of U.P. has also touched 12.4% during 2015-16, which is the best ever recorded in the history of the state. The Institute has established jaggery processing and training centres in Motipur (Muzaffarpur, Bihar), Piprakothi (East Champaran, Bihar) and Pipiganj (Gorakhpur, U.P.) under the entrepreneurship development programme for the unemployed rural youths.
Dr. S. N. Sushil and Dr. P. K. Singh, Principal Scientists coordinated the visit of students and farmers to the laboratories and research farm of the Institute. During their visit, they were acquainted with newly developed IISR technologies. They were also shown quality jaggery production technology and the live demonstration of farm machineries. On this occasion, Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture and National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow also showcased their technologies to the visitors.