Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute (BSRI),
is one of the oldest research institutes of Bangladesh
conducting research on sugarcane – the raw material sugar, gur and cane juice. Sugarcane is the only dependable cash crop in the low rainfall belt of the north-west and south-west parts of Bangladesh. Based on sugarcane,
the sugar and gur industries of Bangladesh have developed in the country.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), every individual needs to consume 13Kg of sugar or
17Kg of gur per annum. In Bangladesh the quantity is still less than 3Kg per person. With the projected
population of 153.33 million in the year 2020, the requirement of sugar will be 9.2 hundred thousand metric ton even if we consider the intake of 6Kg per person per year.At present, 7.3 million ton sugarcane is produced
from 0.18 million hectares (roughly 0.1 million hectares in sugar mill zones and 0.08 million hectares in
non-mill zones for gur production) of land per year. The yield of sugarcane is 40.52 ton/hectare (46 ton/ha in
sugar mill areas and 36 ton/ha in gur areas).....
Dr. Kamal Humayun Kabir,
joined as Director General of BSRI on 22-01-2013. ..