A 14-member delegation of Rena Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana, Latur led by Trimbakrao Bhise,, MLA, Maharashtra State Assembly visited ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR), Lucknow to review the factors responsible for the highest ever production of sugarcane and sugar in Uttar Pradesh. The delegation included Sarjrao J. More, Vice Chairman; Chandra Kant Patil, Director and other Board of Directors and members of the mill.
While interacting with the scientists and visiting the technology park of sugarcane, laboratories and engineering workshops of the institute, Bhise appreciated the on-going sugarcane research and development works being done by the institute particularly on mechanisation of sugarcane cultivation in view of labour scarcity and enhancing the income of farmers. He urged to demonstration of these machines particularly Ratoon Management Device (RMD) in sugarcane growing areas of Latur in Maharashtra, so that its benefits may be shown to the farmers of the area and also for its wider adoption in sugarcane cultivation.
Dr. SN Singh, principal scientist and nodal officer, ICAR-IISR Biological Control Centre, Pravaranagar, Maharashtra informed that Uttar Pradesh has surpassed national average sugarcane yield and the state recorded 72.4 tonne per hectare cane yield during 2016-17. He further told that even by March 31, 2018, Uttar Pradesh by producing 105.13 lakh tonnes of sugar has surpassed Maharashtra with 101.30 lakh tonnes. This year, the country has attained a new height in sugar production by producing about 30 million tonnes.