The State Government has decided to establish Sugarcane Research and Development Centre in Yargatti in Hukkeri taluk, the home taluk of Agriculture Minister and district in-charge Umesh V. Katti.
According to Mr. Katti, the centre would come up under the aegis of the Belgaum-based S. Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, University of Agriculture Sciences Dharwad and Department of Agriculture.
The Government will provide Rs. 5 crore towards establishment of the centre.
The establishment of the centre in this part of the State was in view of the fact that both Belgaum and Bagalkot districts in north Karnataka with 28 sugar mills in cooperative and private sectors have emerged as major sugarcane and sugar producers in the State. But though the sugar recovery percentage was relatively more than in the mills in south Karnataka there is a strong need to improve crop yield and productivity as well in this region.
The centre will help sugarcane growers adopt scientific farming practices to boost production of sugarcane in the State.