The 19th meeting of Sugarcane Research and Development Workers of Southern Karnataka, hosted by Sri Chamundeshwari Sugars Ltd., was held at Rani Bahadur Auditorium in Manasagangotri here yesterday.

M. Srinivasan, President, ISMA, New Delhi and Managing Director, Sri Chamundeshwari Sugars, inaugurated the meet by lighting the lamp. He also released a book containing research articles on sugarcane.

Dr. N. Vijayan Nair, Director, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, in his address, said most of the Indian farmers were small land holders and as such, large farming machineries and equipments were of not much use to them.

Stressing the need for conducting research in appropriate technologies that suited the small farmers, Dr. Nair said conventions such as these would help those engaged in farming research to share their experiences with others.

Suggesting that inter-cropping was the most suitable way for getting a higher yield of sugarcane, Dr. Nair regretted that the farming community was being driven into desperation, with increasing labour and input costs, coupled with alarming shortage of labour.

He also called upon the researchers to develop technology that would appropriately equip the farmers to meet the modern challenges.

Dr. M.A. Shankar, Director of Research, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, in his address, stressed the need for judicious use of available water through drip irrigation.

Pointing out that water to crops should be based on soil fertility and moisture, he warned that excessive water feeding to crops may result in loss of soil fertility.

Observing that farmers were increasingly burdened with constant rise in the prices of fertilisers, seeds and other agricultural inputs, he called upon all the concerned to look at ways for reducing farming costs.

N. Chinnappan, Senior Vice-President, Sri Chamundeshwari Sugars, welcomed. Dr. Vishakanta, MD, KAPPEC Ltd., Bangalore, Dr. R.B. Khandagave, Director, MVSRI, Mandya, P. Krishnamurthy, AVP, Sri Chamundeshwari Sugars and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore