About the Conference : SUGARCON-2022

Globally, sugarcane cultivation and processing accounts for the livelihood of almost 100 million people with Brazil and India being the world's biggest sugarcane producers, accounting for 56 percent of the sugarcane produced in the world. India alone has almost 7.5 million sugarcane farmers and 0.7 million people working in ancillary industries while in Brazil, nearly 25 per cent of its rural workforce is engaged in the sugar industry. Currently, 75% of the sugarcane produced globally is consumed by the food manufacturing sector while the balance is used in biofuel production. The raw material for sugar and its allied industries is mainly sugarcane and partly sugar beet. Therefore, sustainable availability of sugarcane and sugar beet has been a challenge in view of climate change, vagaries of pests and diseases, varietal degeneration etc. The sugarcane crop cultivation being highly labour intensive, is extremely vulnerable to uncertain situation developed due to pandemic of Covid-19, also call for serious thinking on strategic planning for sustainable availability of sugarcane and sugar beet for sugar and integrated industries globally. Sugarcane and sugar beet based integrated sugar industries including bioethanol, power cogeneration, biofertilizer etc. have an edge over standalone sugar industry. There is a strong need for further diversification of the sugarcane and sugarbeet based industries for better economic returns. Of late, several countries have new frame of policies on bio ethanol and other sugarcane based allied industries.The experience gathered needs to be shared for sustainable growth and development of sugar and its integrated industries. In commemoration of 75th year of India's independence, the Institute in association with the Society for Sugar Research & Promotion (SSRP) and the International Association of Professionals in Sugar and Integrated Technologies (IAPSIT) is organizing an International Conference SUGARCON-2022 & IAPSIT-ISC 2022 on “Sustainability of the Sugar and Integrated Industries: Issues and Initiatives” which will provide a grand opportunity and a vibrant platform with a convergence of all the stakeholders from across the globe including researchers, technologists, extension officers, managers, industry officials, manufacturers, suppliers, policy makers and progressive farmers to share their views and experiences on global issues and initiatives for profitable and sustainable growth of sugarcane, sugar beet, sugar and integrated industries.

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About ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research

Vision of IISR

An efficient, globally competitive and vibrant sugarcane agriculture.

IISR, Lucknow was established by the erstwhile Indian Central Sugarcane Committee on February 16, 1952 for conducting research on both fundamental and applied aspects of sugarcane culture as well as to coordinate the work done on this crop in different states of India. 

The Institute has five full-fledged Divisions, viz., the Division of Crop Improvement, Crop Production, Crop Protection, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, and Agricultural Engineering and various supporting units (Extension and Training, AKMU, PME cell, ITMU) for carrying out research activities on various aspects of sugarcane cultivation.The Institute also boasts of a well–developed farm (132 ha under cultivation) catering to the field research needs. The Coordination Cell of AICRP on Sugarcane is also housed within the Institute. 

Other facilities available at the Institute include Glass houses, Net houses and Poly houses, Biocontrol laboratory, Tissue culture laboratory, Agrometeorology, Juice Anaysis Laboratory, ARIS cell, Conference rooms, a full-fledged Library, Guest house, Community hall, Auditorium, Cafeteria, Residential Complex (Ikshupuri), Sports complex and an Online Examination Centre of ASRB, New Delhi.

IISR has a regional center with 20 ha of land at Motipur (Bihar), which is involved in breeder seed production and screening of sugarcane germplasm for red rot and waterlogging tolerance. In addition, the Institute has a Bio-Control Centre at Pravaranagar (Maharashtra) to act as a window to tropical sugar belt. A Sugarbeet breeding outpost at Mukteshwar (Uttarakhand) is also being maintained for seed production and breeding of sugarbeet.