Visit of ICAR-IISR, Lucknow by the Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow on June 8, 2016. Dr. Mohapatra visited laboratories and workshop of the Institute and got acquainted with various research and developmental activities of the Institute. Addressing the scientists and staff of the Institute, Dr. Mohapatra appreciated the efforts of the scientists working on biological control, agricultural engineering and AICRP on Sugarcane. He urged upon the scientists to assess the requirement of sugarcane in the country for the next twenty years in view of changing scenario of climate change, biodiversity, insect-pests and diseases challenges and soil and water status. Expressing the concern of Hon’ble Prime Minister regarding doubling the income of Indian farmers in five years, Dr. Mohapatra urged the scientists to device ways in this regard. He called upon them to increase the yield, sugar content and sugar recovery of sugarcane, develop stress tolerant varieties of sugarcane, carry out processing and value addition and develop linkage of processors to the market. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that there is a need of intensive research in the field of integrated pest and disease management by developing efficient strains of Trichogramma or discovering new bio-control agents. Before commercialization of any proven technology, it needs to be properly validated and economically analyzed. He also suggested that entrepreneurial development programmes may be chalked out by the Institute and should be implemented in order to attract rural youth in agriculture. Dr. Mohapatra stressed the need of paradigm shift in sugarcane research in India. He urged the scientists to think “out of the box” to develop technologies which can increase the existing sugarcane yield with minimum inputs and having sugar recovery by 1.5 folds. He also highlighted the need of quality research publications with high citation index and impact factor. Dr. Mohapatra called upon the young researchers to take new challenges as the opportunities and devote more time in science with full potential.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR; Dr. S.K. Chaudhary, Assistant Director General (Soils), ICAR; Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal and Dr. A.N. Mukhopadhyay, Ex. Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat were also present during the visit. Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow welcomed the DG, ICAR & other dignitaries and briefed about the major developments at the Institute.