Indonesian Delegation of State owned Sugar Factories visited IISR, Lucknow
A four member Indonesian delegation of state owned sugar factories under the chairmanship of Mr. Subiyono, President Director of PTPN X (Sugar Mill) along with three other Directors viz., Mr. Tarcicius Sutarjanta, Production Director; Mr. Djoko Santoso, HR Director and Mr. Mohammad Sulton, R & D Director visited IISR, Lucknow on February 19, 2016. The delegation was accompanied by four other members to provide their logistic support. The delegation was welcomed and a brief account of IISR activities was provided in an interactive session organised on the occasion. A visit programme of the delegation was organised to visit IISR labs and workshops. The delegation interacted with Dr. A.D. Pathak, the Director of the Institute and other scientists. The delegation apprised about the state of sugarcane cultivation in Indonesia and highlighted the problem of low cane yields in the country. The President, Mr. Subiyono also highlighted that Indonesia meet most of its sugar demand from imports and is interested to raise the domestic production of sugar. The delegation highlighted that very old varieties are being grown in Indonesia and there is a need to replace these varieties. The delegation was desirous of exchange of planting material between the two countries and is earnest to have collaboration with IISR, Lucknow for bringing about higher productivity. After discussion, it was agreed that (i) there is a need for collaboration in sugarcane research with Indonesia where in high sugar breeding stocks developed at IISR could be used for strengthening breeding research in Indonesia. (ii) IISR may help Indonesia in the rejuvenation of old varieties. (iii) The Indonesian Sugar Industry is finding it difficult to attract best researchers, hence with the help of IISR; the capacity building of researchers could be carried out.
In brief, the action on following two points is desired:
- Collaborative programme for testing and breeding of sugarcane varieties
- Sponsoring trainees by Indonesia and conducting training at IISR