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Climate resilient sugarcane varieties should be taken up on priority: ICAR

New Delhi, Oct 27:  The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has emphasised that the climate resilient sugarcane varieties with respect to biotic and abiotic stress conditions should be taken up on priority.

Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr T R Sharma said the varieties should be selected keeping in mind the stress conditions of different sugarcane growing zones.

Addressing the annual group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project Sugarcane, organized at the ICAR-IISR Lucknow on October 21-22, he stressed upon the need of pre-breeding work in the varietal development programme.

During the conclave, five sugarcane varieties were identified by the Varietal Identification Committee Meeting under Chairmanship of Dr T R Sharma, DDG (CS), ICAR, New Delhi.

The varieties are Co 14012 (mid-late) for peninsular zone, CoLk 15201 (Early) and CoLk 15207 (mid-late) for north west zone, CoLk 15466 (early) and CoP 11438 (early) for north central and north east zone

About 150 participants' including sugarcane scientists working at 22 regular and 17 voluntary sugarcane research centers located at five sugarcane growing zones of different states attended the group meet.

The states were Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand.

The crop production, plant pathology and entomology were finalized for next crop season after deliberations and suggestions of the PAMC members.