Research and development is a major thrust area, as Dwarikesh believes in the process of continuous innovations and capacity building. Our R & D activities are generally related with improving the quality of soil and sugarcane, improving the yield for the farmers, ensuring better quality for our products, increasing output and integrating modern technologies with the existing processes. Our activities in this regard have played a significant role in improving efficiency, quality and output. Farming community and other people associated with us have also been benefited by them.
As innovation is the key to further growth, Dwarikesh has established a full-fledged wing to carry out activities in different areas of agriculture technology, biotechnology and manufacturing technology. A state of the art soil-testing laboratory has been established at the Dwarikesh Nagar plant to help improve soil conditions.
A bio-pesticides laboratory is also in place for development of pesticides. Development of hybrid seeds is undertaken at the sugarcane research and development facility. Such seeds are distributed to the farmers to improve overall productivity of our cane-purchase area. Some of the steps taken to strengthen our R & D activities are:
Interact with sugarcane scientists/ research stations to educate in-house staff and farmers about new technologies in sugarcane cultivation, innovation in sugarcane research and modern farming practices.
Educate farmers on adoption of crop rotation, use of bio-agents, and adoption of cultural practices for control of insects, pests and diseases.
Encourage farmers to do autumn planting on large scale for facilitating multiple cropping, which in turn, would maximize their returns.
Create awareness about improved cultural practices of sugarcane cultivation to obtain better yield, as well as better quality of cane- research to facilitate better vertical growth of cane, better girth, etc.
Use of Remote Sensing for accurate geological surveys of the command area with use of satellite images for enhancement of yield and sugarcane growth.