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Agriculture Research: IISR Developing CoLK 94184 Sugarcane Varieties for Water-Stressed Environment

The Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR) is now developing new varieties, which require less amount of water to proliferate. IISR Principal Scientist Dr A K Sah said that all the new researches and breeding projects are now mandated to develop such varieties, which perform well even in water stressed environment.

Along with the consideration about water conservation, the new sugarcane breeding programmes also aimed at tackling the menace of red rot and insects or pests, which cause extensive damage to the cash crop.

IISR has already developed an early maturing and high yielding variety of sugarcane, which could be cultivated in areas facing both drought or flood situations. Known as CoLK 94184, the new variety could help farmers harvest up to 75-80 tonnes per hectare as 'plant crop', followed by 70 tonnes for the next 2-3 years as 'ratoon crop'.

CoLK 94184 is also tolerant to water logging, moisture deficit and top borer, and resistant to red rot and smut diseases. This new variety is being cultivated over an estimated area of 10,000 hectares in UP.