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National Meet on Modernization of Jaggery Industry, 30th Biennial Workshop of AICRP on Sugarcane and Jaggery Carnival was organised in IISR

Two days National Meet on Modernization of Jaggery Industry, 30th Biennial Workshop on All India Coordinated Research Project (Sugarcane) and Jaggery Carnival was organised at IISR from November 01-02, 2014. These events were inaugurated by Mr. K. K. Gupta, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Lucknow on November 01, 2014. While welcoming the Chief Guest and delegates Dr. S. Solomon, Director, IISR remarked that ever-increasing population coupled with associated challenges, necessitates us to achieve a target sugar production of about 36 million tons, with increased sugarcane production (~600 mt), productivity (>100t/ha) and sugar recovery (11%) by 2030, from the present productivity (~70 t/ha) and recovery (~10%) levels. He also quoted that there is need to intensify research efforts for technological advancement in quality jaggery and value added jaggery production in the country. Dr. Solomon said that this platform will provide networking opportunity to researchers, processors, entrepreneurs, growers for sharing of knowledge and information in researches in sugarcane & jaggery. More than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, development workers and farmers participated in the National Meet and Workshop. While Chairing the inaugural session Dr. N. Gopala Krishnan, ADG (CC), ICAR, New Delhi said that sugarcane researchers must develop cutting edge technology by applying biotechnological and molecular marker tools for managing sugarcane diseases and pest in more effective manner. Dr. Bakshi Ram, Director, SBI, Coimbatore presented status on varietal scenario in India. Dr. O. K. Sinha presented the Coordinator’s report of AICRP (S) and said that AICRP has been co-ordinating and monitoring multi-locational testing of advanced breeding material and germplasm for identification of location specific improved sugarcane varieties and also of improved agro-techniques and plant protection strategies in this crop, since its initiation in 1971. The sharing of benefits of technologies identified after testing is also ensured through this system.

Dr. S. K. Datta, DDG (CS), ICAR inaugurated interactive session / poster session of the National Meet on November 02, 2014. About 100 papers on different themes of the meet were presented through display of posters.

In the Jaggery Carnival, competitions like sack race, rabbit race, run with jaggery cubes, drawing, carving on jaggery, fancy dress competition, balloon blowing, treasure hunt, relay race, extempore, poem on jaggery, quiz, energy drinks, innovative food recipe and tug of war were organised. Jaggery Carnival was targeted to create awareness among kids, students, ladies, house wives about the health benefits of jiggery by showcasing the jaggery and related value added products. More than 1200 students, ladies and house wives participated in various competitions, and winners were felicitated with certificates and prizes by Dr. S. K. Datta, DDG (CS), ICAR. The plenary session of National Meet and Workshop of AICRP (S) was chaired by DDG (CS) Dr. S. K. Datta. The Organising Secretary of National Meet and Carnival Dr. S. I. Anwar proposed formal vote of thanks to dignitaries and participants.