One day workshop on "Climate Smart technologies for sugarcane cultivation": 27 July, 2019
The objective of organizing the workshop was to acquaint the farmers with climate smart ways for handling issues of water scarcity, trash burning and controlling pest and disease problems in changing climatic scenario. The programme was convened by Dr. Yogeshwar Singh, Sr Scientist (Agronomy) and organized by Dr Aliza Pradhan, Scientist (Agronomy) and Mr. Amresh Chaudhary, Scientist (Soil Science). The program started with inaugural session followed by technical session having lectures and concluded with research field visit. About 175 farmers and 25 guests attended the program. The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh, Director, ICAR- NIASM, Dr. Alaka Padhi, Deputy General Manager, NABARD, Pune, Shree Ranjankumar Taware, Chairman, The Malegaon Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd (TMSSKL), Malegaon and Shree Sunil V. Pawar, a progressive sugarcane farmer from Malegaon. Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-NIASM welcomed all the dignitaries on the dais and informed the gathering about the current status of sugarcane production, sugar recovery, issues related to the crop in Maharashtra. He also emphasized how this workshop aimed to bring all the sugarcane based stakeholders on a single platform and discuss about the problems, innovations and good agricultural practices pertaining to sugarcane farming. Dr. Alaka Padhi, Deputy General Manager, NABARD, discussed about the role of NABARD in agricultural development by financing different research programs, workshops, and developmental projects for the benefit of farmers. Shree RanjanKumar Taware, Chairman, TMSSKL, Malegaon and Shree Sunil V. Pawar, progressive farmer from Malegaon discussed about the problems of farmers and sugar industries and urged farmers to adopt new technologies generated from ICAR-NIASM for better production under multiple stress condition. There were three lectures related to climate-smart production system of sugarcane, innovative methods of disease and pest management and new varieties of sugarcane for better adoption to abiotic stress conditions. Two progressive sugarcane growing farmers also shared their experiences regarding their crop management practices to manage sugarcane trash without burning and adopting integrated nutrient management for improved production. Director, ICAR-NIASM expressed his gratitude towards all the funding agencies viz., National Bank for Agriculture and Rural development (NABARD), United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) and State Bank of India, Baramati for supporting this workshop and experts who shared their knowledge with the farmers.