Committed for an efficient, globally competitive and vibrant sugarcane agriculture

International Training Programmes

The Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR) Lucknow is a premier institute for sugarcane and other sugar crops research under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the sub-tropical zone. The Institute has been playing a pivotal role in improving the sugarcane productivity and sugar recovery of the country since its inception in 1952. It is the sole Institute under ICAR, conducting research on sugarbeet, including seed production in this crop. The Institute is working towards development of suitable production technologies suited to the country as a whole and to the sub-tropics in particular. The Institute hosts international delegation from countries like USA, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq and SriLanka opening up scope for further collaboration with these countries. With our highly experienced team of scientists and technical personnel, the Institute is offering post-doctoral programmes and short-term training to its stake holders –both at national and global level- in its well-equipped laboratories, in different areas of sugarcane research.


IISR offer to International collaborators

  • Improved sugarcane production technology including high yielding varieties and resource-use efficient agro-techniques for improving productivity.
  • Technology for integrated disease and pest management strategies including bio-control.
  • Healthy seed production in sugarcane, with in vitro strategies like micro-propagation as a component.
  • Design and development of machinery to suite the small and big farmers.
  • Production technology for tropicalized sugarbeet and sugarbeet seed production techniques.
  • Consultancy services to the different stakeholders in the area of sugarcane production including mechanization.
  • Training in various aspects of sugarcane production management using conventional and modern biotechnological strategies.

Training Theme Areas


Sugarcane Production and Management

With the projected growth in national and international arena, sugarcane production has to be improved through productivity enhancement, with not much scope for further increase in cane acreage, necessitating technological interventions. Low cane productivity and sugar recovery, especially in the sub-tropical zone, soil fertility deterioration, biotic and abiotic stresses, high cost of cultivation, scarcity of farm labourers etc. are important constraints for sugarcane growers and industry in many developing countries. Thus, high sugar early maturing stress tolerant varieties, along with improved cultural practices, integrated pest and disease management, post-harvest management and mechanization are the need of the hour, if sugarcane cultivation and the industry have to be sustained. The course will cover different aspects like varietal development, healthy seed production, improved agronomic practices like planting techniques, soil, nutrient and water management, integrated pest and disease management including biocontrol, physiological aspects including post-harvest management and bio-technological interventions for sugarcane improvement. Thus the course is aimed to provide a holistic idea for enhanced sugarcane production and productivity through an integrated approach, exposing the trainees to sugarcane plantation/sugar mills in tropical and sub-tropical India.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 2 weeks (February)
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3750 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.



Soil-Water-Plant Analysis and Biofertilizer production

Soil microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen, organic carbon, available nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium contents are important indicators of soil quality. Since sugarcane is grown in intensive cropping system, soils have become deficient particularly in organic carbon and nitrogen. The Institute, has well equipped laboratory for physical, chemical and microbiological studies of soil. The practical course contents will include determination of bulk density, infiltration rate, soil pH, EC, CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity), available N,P,K,S contents, micronutrients such as Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn and determination of soil enzymes such as phosphatise, amylase, aryl sulphatase and urease. In addition, soil microbial studies such as determination of SMBC (Soil Microbial Biomass Carbon) and SMBN (Soil Microbial Biomass Nitrogen), enumeration of fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes population in the soil etc. will be other focussed issues. Use of biofertilizer such as Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (N fixer), Azotobacter chroococum (N fixer), Azospirillum spp. and phosphate solubilising bacteria (Pseudomonas and Aspergillus species), their identification, culturing, plating and production of solid based biofertilizer for commercial use will be important areas for the training.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 2 weeks (November - December)
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3500 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.


Sugarbeet Production and Management

Sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris L., Family Chenopodiaceae – the spinach family) is a native of the temperate habitat but, of late, its cultivation has extended to subtropical countries. Currently, more than 25% of the world sugar production comes from sugarbeet and beet sugar industry is well established in 45 countries, spread over four continents of the world. Sugarbeet can be introduced as a supplementary crop to meet the future demand for sugar as this may not be easy to be met from sugarcane alone due to limitations of area and productivity. The pressure on sugarcane for ethanol and the reduced water availability can be eased with sugarbeet a six-month crop for the production of biofuel, with flexibility to switch to sugar production in years when sugarcane production has dwindled for some reason. Large areas, such as salt-affected soils not suited for sugarcane cultivation may be brought under sugarbeet. Farmers with small holdings may prefer sugarbeet in their cropping system due to its short duration. It can be successfully grown as an intercrop in autumn sugarcane etc. The course will cover different aspects of sugarbeet production and management, including seed production practices. A visit to the sugarbeet breeding outpost at Mukteswar will also be a part of the curriculum.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 2 weeks (April - May)
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3500 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.



Design, Testing and Production Technology of Agricultural Implements & Machinery

Sugarcane being a labour-intensive crop, depends heavily on human labour. On an average, the labour requirement of sugarcane is approximately 250-400 mandays /ha. The lion-share of this requirement is met through human labour. Harvesting is one of the main components of labour use and this constitutes approximately 25% of the labour requirement in sugarcane. In most of the developing countries, harvesting is still carried out manually. The availability of human labour for cultural operations including harvesting is becoming scarce and costly. Thus mechanization is the need of the hour in this crop, with machinery suited to the local requirements. Equipments like sugarcane cutter-planter, pit-digger, two-row sugarcane planter, Ratoon Management Device (RMD), mechanical harvesters etc. can be necessary alternatives to reduce the human drudgery and also for timely agricultural operations in this crop. The course will cover the designing of prototypes for different equipments suited to small and big farmers for sugarcane cultivation, on-field demonstration of the machinery developed at the institute and other aspects related to the production technology of various implements and machinery. Design and development of precision implements suited to this era of precision agriculture will also be a part of the curriculum.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 10 days (March)
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3000 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.



Biotechnological applications in sugarcane improvement

Sugarcane being genetically complex, is not much amenable to conventional genetic studies. The highly heterozygous nature of the crop makes it a difficult candidate for classical inheritance studies. Thus, many a times, breeding in this crop is a “hit and miss trial”. The modern techniques of molecular biology and biotechnological tools can be of help in understanding the underlying mechanisms of transmission and inheritance of important traits, there by aiding in the genetic improvement, in the long run. Use of molecular biology for creation of variation as well as for exploitation of existing variation, expression analysis and functional genomics to understand the different metabolic pathways, in vitro techniques like micropropagation and somaclonal variation are some of the possible biotechnological interventions possible in this crop. Molecular marker applications for varietal fingerprinting, diversity studies, Marker Assisted Selection etc. are other applications for molecular breeding. The course curriculum will include use of different molecular maker systems for diversity studies and fingerprinting of varieties, applications of molecular mapping, comparative genomics using other members of grass family, in vitro techniques including micropropagation etc.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 10 days
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3000 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.


Healthy Seed Production and Multiplication

Availability of healthy seed material is an important pre-requisite for a good crop and good yield. The three tier seed programme advocated in sugarcane is an important step in achieving this goal. Rapid multiplication of the seed material in a scientific manner is also important in the seed production programme. For a uniform crop stand and better growth, planting material like bud chip, primed cane node and in vitro raised plantlets can be used. These have the added advantage of saving of seed material, higher stalk population and also availability of disease free planting material in the case of in vitro raised plantlets. Rapid multiplication of seed is another advantage. The course will cover the different aspects of seed production and multiplication. Raising a crop for seed following all the necessary standards, preparation of plant material for bud chip method and its maintenance in the field, preparation of planting material for primed node technology and its maintenance, raising of in vitro plantlets through micropropagation in the laboratory, hardening and transplanting of the plantlets to the field and maintenance etc. will be included in the course curriculum.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 10 days
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3000 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.



Integrated pest and disease management including bio-control in sugarcane

Sugarcane crop faces the problem of various diseases and insect pests during the period the crop is in the field. The tall nature of sugarcane crop and the concealed habitat of the pests in sugarcane render the application of plant protection chemicals difficult in this crop. Thus, management of insect pests in sugarcane through an integrated approach including bio-control can be an attractive option. Use of bio-agents like Trichogramma, for control of top borer, Trichoderma, for management of diseases like red rot are found to be effective. Use of different management strategies including monitoring the incidence of diseases and pests, mechanical control, use of plant protection chemicals, mechanisms like use of pheromones and light traps, use of bioagents, lab and field rearing of bioagents, preparation and use of Trichocards etc. will form a part of the curriculum.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 10 days
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3000 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.



Jaggery Production Technology

Along with sugar, jaggery (Gur) is also an important product manufactured from sugarcane which is in high demand. It is emerging as an important small scale industry especially in the rural areas. In addition to energy it is a source of several minerals and is used for preparation of Ayurvedic medicines. Value addition of jaggery is an important area of research which can be a crucial step towards eradication of malnutrition. The course curriculum will include different steps in the manufacturing of jaggery, like juice extraction, clarification, boiling and concentration, moulding etc., planning a hygienic and modern jaggery production unit, use of different clarificants to minimize health hazards, storage of jaggery and its packaging etc.. Value addition using various natural sources of vitamins will also be a part of this course.

Faculty Scientific expertise in all the aspects is available at IISR. Wherever needed, guest lecturers/ invited speakers from other SAUs/Organizations will be invited.
Course Director Director, IISR, Lucknow
Duration 1 week (December)
Course Fee/Trainee US$ 3000 (Including boarding, lodging and local and outstation travel)
Accommodation IISR guest house/Hotel
Who can attend Sugarcane researchers, Sugar factory CEOs, Cane managers, Developmental personnel, University teachers etc.