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Friday, 12 August 2016

Call for Papers



Call for Papers : 17th meeting of Sugarcane R&D Workers of Northern Karnataka  - Belagavi; 
16-17 September, 2016


Dear Sir/Ma’am,
           ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore in collaboration with University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, S.Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, Belagavi  and the sugar industries of Northern Karnataka would be organizing the 17th meeting of Sugarcane Research and Development workers of Northern Karnataka during September 16-17, 2016 in the premises of S.Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, Belagavi to discuss the following topics:

·      Review of action taken on the recommendations of the previous meeting
·      Pest management in Sugarcane including White grubs
·      Managing saline-alkali soils
·      Varietal position in sugar factories
·      Performance of new sugarcane varieties &  AICRP (S) Varietal trials
·      Sugarcane seed nursery programme
          Besides these, there will be a general interactive session before the plenary session on the second day and a special lecture on Micro Irrigation and Fertigation in Sugarcane.

          S.Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, Shri Prabulingeshwar Sugars & Chemicals Ltd. and Gem Sugars Ltd., would be jointly hosting the meeting.

     You are cordially invited to attend this meeting along with your colleagues and participate in the deliberations. Manuscripts of the papers covering these topics may please be prepared as per the guidelines enclosed and send the same to the undersigned by August 26, 2016. The guidelines can also be downloaded from or .

     As we are planning to bring out the papers presented at the meeting in printed form (Compendium of Research Articles & Status Papers; ISSN: 0973-8185), your papers may be prepared and sent to the undersigned in time. The papers (prepared using MS Word 2003) can be sent by email to Presentations, created in Microsoft PowerPoint 2003/2007 format (.ppt/.pptx), should fit within the allotted time in the Technical sessions.

With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Soil Moisture Indicator Launched

‘Soil Moisture Indicator’ launched at ICAR - Sugarcane Breeding Institute

                    Dr Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore launched the ‘Soil Moisture Indicator’ (SMI) device at the Institute premises on 20 January 2016.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bakshi Ram said that, of late, depletion of water resources in agriculture has been a serious cause of concern. In most of the farmers’ fields, particularly in sugarcane fields, efficient irrigation management practices such as irrigation-scheduling, based on soil moisture status is rarely in practice. In an effort to save water and to facilitate irrigation-scheduling, ICAR-SBI has developed a handy and user-friendly electronic moisture–indicating device, named “Soil Moisture Indicator”.
The SMI device helps the farmers in deciding when to irrigate their fields and as a result there would be considerable saving of irrigation water.
          Expressing gratitude to those involved in the design & development of the device, he informed that the SMI technology was evolved with the active participation of farmers and sugar factory personnel across three agro-climatic zones of Tamil Nadu through the Farmers’ Participatory Action Research Project (FPARP).
          Explaining the mode of operation, he said that the sensor rods of SMI need to be inserted into the soil to a required depth to assess the soil moisture, which is indicated by glowing LEDs. Dr Bakshi Ram added that the device is suitable for use in agricultural farms as well as in potted plants.
          The institute has registered four designs of SMI, while a product patent is pending. Tech Source Solutions, a Bangalore based firm that has entered into a license agreement with ICAR-SBI has started marketing this device by pricing it at Rs.1200.00. Details are available in and

Contact details of the manufacturer:
Tech Source Solutions
No 163, Rajeshwari Complex
2nd Floor, Above Karnataka Bank,
R V Road, Near Minerva Circle
Bangalore 560004

Phone: +91- 8792102264 / 9035067427 

Friday, 19 June 2015

CeRA User-awareness workshop

CeRA User-awareness workshop organized at SUGARCANE BREEDING INSTITUTE

Dr Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, ICAR- Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), New Delhi inaugurated the one-day J-Gate@CeRA User awareness workshop at ICAR - Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore on 12 June 2015. Delivering the inaugural address, he said that CeRA has been successfully serving as an R&D information resource base for the Agricultural researchers of our country over the years.

Dr Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, ICAR-DKMA delivering the Inaugural address
 Urging the researchers of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research-Regional Station, ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering-IEP and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to make use of CeRA, Dr Singh mentioned that CeRA is the largest e-resource consortium in the country, after UGC-Infonet. The Document Delivery Request (DDR) is a unique feature of CeRA, he added.

Highlighting some of the new initiatives of CeRA such as trial access to Encyclopedia Britannica, JoVE and a few e-books, Dr Singh felt that research institutes should improve their Net connectivity to effectively utilize CeRA facility.

Dr.Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-SBI, Coimbatore in his Presidential address, complimented the efforts of CeRA in providing quick access to quality journals in the field of Agriculture. Appreciating the initiatives of ICAR-DKMA in showcasing the important technologies of ICAR, Dr Ram suggested that researchers should use the advanced search facility of CeRA for accessing information, rather than conducting searches through common search engines such as Google.

Dr Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-SBI delivering the Presidential address at the Workshop

Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Dr D Puthira Prathap, Principal Scientist & Officer In-charge, ICAR-SBI Library said that the discipline of Agricultural sciences has been immensely benefitted with the launch of CeRA in 2007. The high number of un-cited papers, which would come down with access to CeRA, has long plagued the discipline, he said. This is the fifth in the series of CeRA workshops conducted at SBI, since 2008, he informed.

Dr D Puthira Prathap, Officer In-charge, SBI Library addressing the participants of the Workshop

Dr.K.Sivaraman, Principal Scientist & Chairman, Library committee, ICAR-SBI proposed a formal vote of thanks and Dr R.S.Rana, In-charge, CeRA, New Delhi co-ordinated the Interactive session of the workshop.
            The workshop, conducted by Informatics India Ltd., Bangalore was attended by 100 participants.

Dr K Sivaraman, Chairman, Library Committee, SBI addressing the gathering

Friday, 17 April 2015

New Sugarcane Sett Treatment Device

New ‘Sett treatment device’ for treatment of sugarcane setts/buds for healthy nursery

 Sugarcane setts (seed material) are prone to infection by severe diseases like red rot, smut and other fungal diseases in the field after planting and it affects germination, growth and ultimately its yield of the crop. The normal practice recommended is to treat the setts by soaking overnight in solution of fungicides/ other solutions at recommended dosage by which the crop can be protected from infection from setts or soil.  However practical difficulties and handling huge volumes of setts and cost involved in this technique has not made it feasible for adoption by the farmers. With an aim to treat huge volume of setts/buds in shortest possible time, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore developed a “Sett Treatment device” for treating the setts under reduced pressure in technical collaboration with ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering Regional Centre, Coimbatore.

·         By using this equipment, the sett treatment is done in 10-15 minutes with more effective diffusion of the chemicals or bio-inoculum into the sugarcane setts / buds.
·         Since the same chemical can be reused, there is a huge savings in chemical used for pretreatment, thus making the system environmentally friendly, addressing the issue of optimized chemical use in agriculture.
·         In red rot, smut and wilt endemic areas, fungicide treatment through this "sett treatment device" will protect the crop from sett -borne and soil borne inoculum. Thereby the crop is free from the disease for 3-4 months.
·         Once the crop is protected in young stage the disease build up in the field is reduced and further course of fungicide can be delivered through drip system if available, to protect the crop from the dreaded diseases
·         The device can be used directly for field planting by sugarcane farmers or in single bud nurseries to raise healthy seedlings.
Based on the successful results obtained in the field trials conducted at SBI, Coimbatore and disease endemic locations with prototype model developed, scaled up model was developed . The scaled up model could be hitched to the tractor and transported to the sugarcane field, making it very convenient to use. The project has been funded by IDP group of Department of Science and technology, Government of India.
 Further Information:
Head, Division of Crop Protection
ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute
Coimbatore - 641 007

Friday, 31 October 2014

New Director Assumes Charge

New Director assumes charge at Sugarcane Breeding Institute


Dr.Bakshi Ram, a distinguished Plant Breeder, assumed charge as the Director of Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore on 28.10.2014. He was serving as the Director of Uttar Pradesh Council of Sugarcane Research (UPCSR), prior to this assignment.

Dr.Bakshi Ram graduated from CCS Haryana Agricultural University in 1981 and went on to obtain his Post graduation and doctorate from the same University.

Belonging to the 1985 batch of ARS (Agricultural Research Service), he started his career as a scientist at SBI, and subsequently served as Head of SBI-Research Centre in Karnal, Haryana and as Director of UPCSR, Shahjahanpur, UP. He has also served as the member secretary of Uttar Pradesh State Varietal Release Committee.

 With over 30 years of experience in Plant Breeding, Dr.Bakshi Ram has so far developed 12 sugarcane varieties, one wheat variety and has registered four sugarcane genetic stocks. Among these, the cane varieties viz., Co 98014, Co 0118, Co 0238, Co 0239 and Co 05011 are popular in sub-tropical India. Variety Co 0238 in particular, occupies over 2-lakh hectares in the North-Indian states.

Specialized in Sugarcane germplasm evaluation & utilization and in development of varieties for various abiotic stresses, Dr Bakshi Ram is a recipient of several National – level awards and has over 200 scientific publications to his credit.