activities in sugarcane agriculture were stared, which resolved around selecting new sugarcanevarieties and providing guidance to sugarcane growers about agronomic, pathological andentomological problems of crop. This is the only institute of its kind in Pakistan. Facilities at theinstitute include laborites for Breeding, Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology and Biologicalcontrol of Borers. In 1983 experiments were started on 10 hectors of land in vicinity of institute.The institute has 600 hectares of land at its disposal. Sugarcane is planted on 500 hectares for research experiments.By the year 1988 two verities, SPSG-26 and SPSG-394 were selected. Both wereearly maturing and sugar contents was higher than BL-4 (present commercial variety). Oncompletion of agronomic and pathological tests these verities were released to farmers. Areaunder these varieties is gradually increasing. Two new varieties, SPSG-224 andSPSG-79 havebeen added to the list recently.Biological control of Pyrilla was stated in 1991. Control of borer complex was statedfrom 1995. During 1996, 4500 hectares of sugar cane crop was covered through biologicalcontrol.The institute also organizes workshops and invites world-renowned sugar experts for interaction with Pakistani experts. Shakarganj Sugar Research Institute was selected byinternational society of sugarcane technologists to host the first ISSCT workshop in Pakistan onEngineering and Energy workshop on factory design from 23 February to 28 February, 1997.
Shakarganj is clear about its responsibilities to the environment and is very active inconservation. We are constantly making efforts to reduce waste and recycle processchemicals. Our environmental policy evolves around three basic principles:
Shakarganj assumes responsibility for environment
Decision shall favor environment
Information shell be open and free.
Shakarganj takes active part in tree plantation with the community. To set anexample 40000 trees have been planted around the sugar factory. The same piece of land had only one tree in 1974. Recycling of sugarcane nutrient to the field is done bymixing filter cake with distillery stillage