Amid socioeconomic slump, new sugar cane varieties offer hope in Sri Lanka
  • After 20 years of research, the Sugarcane Research Institute (SRI) of Sri Lanka has introduced four new varieties with improved sugar recovery percentages, cane yield and disease resistance.
  • An interactive mobile app called Uksaviya has been introduced to assist sugar cane farmers in disease identification, cultivation advice and access to the latest knowledge.
  • An institutional business framework too has been developed linking researchers and industry to improve collaboration, precision, and commercialization of cutting-edge research.
  • With Sri Lanka’s agriculture hit by multiple issues, SRI’s efforts offer some hope.


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