In meeting to push Orange PPP, Gadkari cites Vid’s record sugar export | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: Vidarbha, traditionally known as a cotton and orange belthas grown sugarcane in large quantities for the first time and exported 25,000 tonnes of sugar, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday.
“Farmers here have started growing sugarcane. In Nagpur district, growers harvested 105 to 110 tons of sugarcane from one acre,” he said, informing the managing director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Trilochan Mohapatra on the success of culture change implemented in the region.
He was speaking at a workshop on the production of disease-free planting material in PPP mode organized by Central Citrus Research Institute (CCRI) at the auditorium of the National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSSLUP).
Maharashtra set record of 138 lakh ton sugar production for the 2021-22 season.
Gadkari said the Vasantdada Sugar Institute conducted research on sugar cane to help farmers. “The institute has provided nearly 200 to 250 sugar factories with basic plant material. The mills multiplied it themselves before passing it on to the farmers.
“Thanks to tissue culture, we regularly supply the sugar cane plants to the farmers. The demand for sugarcane plants is increasing, but the mills have their limits. Therefore, we have identified successful farmers who run good nurseries,” he said.
“Without compromising on quality, the Central Citrus Research Institute (CCRI) can opt for a joint venture sharing its basic research like this. Planting material from Warud and Morshi nurseries could not succeed due to poor quality,” he said. Both tehsils are known for oranges. The CCRI had received a request for more than 2 crores of citrus fruits from all over the country. It is well below demand.
The Union Minister called on the CIRB to cooperate in producing planting material that meets global standards. He said the institute also has its limitations, but it can partner with local farmers. “Assess nurseries, register them, certify them and monitor them,” he said.
Gadkari added that serious thought needs to be given to the productivity and quality of our oranges. “In Spain and America, one hectare produces 30 tons of oranges, while in India it only produces 10 to 12 tons. How to increase productivity is our first order of business. Whenever you visit Delhi and Mumbai to attend wedding ceremonies in wealthy families, the fruits you get are all imported. It is because our quality needs to be improved, but it is not. In Nashik, Sahyadri farms export grapes worth Rs 1,500 crore just because they have developed quality plant species and produce,” he said.
Gadkari also spoke about clean fuel which he has been promoting for some time. “I am introducing bioethanol. From next month (all vehicles from) BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Suzuki, Hyundai and scooters from Bajaj, TVS, Hero etc. will run on 100% bioethanol,” he said.
Flyover Lakes
Coming up with a win-win plan, Nitin Gadkari proposed building lakes on the CCRI premises while using the excavated soil for the proposed flyover of the Amravati road. “With this, the citrus trees will benefit from a good water supply and the water table will also improve in the region. The contractor needs land for the overflight, which can come from the CCRI,” he said.

Rachel J. Bradford