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Scientific Delegation led by DG, Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute on visit to IISR

A high level delegation led by Dr. Kamal Humayun Kabir, Director General, BSRI (Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute), Bangladesh is on one week visit to IISR from June 27-July 03, 2013 for detail interaction with scientists, study of sugarcane technologies developed by IISR and exploring areas of sugarcane research for joint collaboration. The delegation led by Dr. Kamal comprises Dr. M. Khalilur Rahman, Dr. Shaikh Abdul Rahman, Mr. Md. Rafiqul Alam, Dr. Shamsur Rahman and Dr. Md. Jamsher Ahmed Khandker.

To begin the one week long training and interaction visit of Bangladesh delegation at IISR, a discourse was organized on June 27, 2013 at the institute. Dr. S. Solomon, Director, IISR welcomed the delegates and highlighted the technological achievements of the institute, challenges ahead before sugarcane and sugar sector in India and IISR future plan to address those challenges. He said that sugar industry in India is important mechanism for socio-economic development in rural areas. This sector in India engages 6 million farmers and 2.5 million skilled & non-skilled workers. Dr. Solomon said that India has rich infrastructure in sugarcane & sugar sector with 3 Sugarcane Research Institutes, 2 Sugar Technology Institute, 10 Universities educating sugar technology, 6000 industries in sugar machinery manufacturing etc. IISR can offer technical support to Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute in many areas of research, development, training, consultancy etc. The agro-techniques developed by IISR viz., STP, ring-pit method of planting, can-node technique, sugarcane based intercropping, bio-control of insect-pests, MHAT for 3 tier seed programme may be quite helpful in increasing yield of sugarcane in Bangladesh.

While presenting the Bangladesh sugar scenario, Hon’ble DG, Dr. Kamal said that cane yield in Bangladesh in very low at 50 t/ha and at present 1.5 to 2.0 lac ha area is under sugarcane producing only 6 lac ton sweetener (1 lac ton sugar + 5 lac ton jaggery) against total sweetener requirement of 20 lac ton per year. Along with low yield poor recovery at 5-6% in sugar will also worsen the situation which is also culmination of poor post-harvest management and inadequate development work by sugar Mill Corporation in Bangladesh. Here, he emphasized that vast experiences of scientists at IISR may be helpful in increasing sugarcane & sugar yield in Bangladesh. Dr. Kamal said that there may be few potential areas like germplasm exchange, knowledge sharing, human resource development of scientist & industry personnel, scientists visit to each other countries etc., where IISR and BSRI may enter into MoU for joint collaborative work. He also pointed out the need for bringing all sugarcane research institutes of ASIA under the umbrella of one donor agency for more fruitful & dividend paying technology.