India-International SugarCon-2011 concludes, expert tips on sugarcane yield boost

PATNA: The two-day “India-International SugarCon-2011″ concluded here on Tuesday with focus on increasing the sugarcane yield, sugar and ethanol production to exploit the full agro-climatic resources in Bihar.

The conference, jointly organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and department of sugarcane industries (government of Bihar), also held a farmers’ meet wherein approximately 500 sugarcane farmers were apprised by agriculture scientists on ways to multiply the high-yield variety sugarcane seeds procured from Pusa Research Institute, Madhopur Research Institute and from Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs).

Experts said given that the research centres produce only 1500 quintals of high variety sugarcane seeds, these had to be multiplied by the farmers at the KVKs, in all blocks and sugar farms.

The experts also told farmers for using the organic fertilizers, bio-fertilizers, bio-compost and vermi compost to enhance sugarcane yield from their farms. The experts suggested that the farmers should go for inter-cropping of sugarcane with crops like potato, lentils etc. for high yield.

The conference also stressed on the need for overcoming the structural problems relating to ethanol production from sugarcane and molasses.

HPCL Bio Fuels Ltd CEO D K Hota said Bihar should fully utilize its agro-climatic resources favourably for sugarcane production in order to produce ethanol which is used as bio-fuel for blending with petrol.

He said high technology should be used by ethanol production units and distilleries for production of ethanol to boost the ethanol production capacity in the state. Hota also said the state government should come up with more innovative packages with incentive to promote ethanol production as the ethanol production capacity which currently stood at one billion litres. This would not only give a boost to the economy but also make available ethanol for blending with petrol, he said.

The various sessions at the conference were addressed by sugarcane industries minister Awadhesh Prasad Kushwaha, rural development minister Nitish Mishra, principal secretary (sugarcane industries) C K Mishra, Rajeev Singh, O P Dhanuka, Jay Sakle, S N Poddar, B N Jha and S K Pankaj.

Source: Times of India

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