Yogi government to promote sixfold technology to increase sugarcane production

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has decided to use technology to increase the sugarcane output and productivity in the state. The technology will be implemented from this crop season.

Yogi government to promote the application of sixfold technology in the sugarcane cultivation to increase the productivity of sugarcane crop in the state.

Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Principal Secretary has issued instructions to the concerned officials at the district level to take steps in this regard.

He said, “The plan was aimed at addressing issues of farmers closely concerned with the use of advanced scientific sowing methods to enhance productivity and make best possible use of land resources.”

According to the news report published in The Times of India, Bhoosreddy further added, “In order to achieve the target, the six-fold technology is being given prime precedence on ground. These include the adoption of trench and ring-pit methods of sowing sugarcane that have produced “outstanding” results; the integrated pest control management; integrated nutrient management to apply balanced quantity of inputs that ensure healthy crop; intercropping of pulses with sugarcane to improve fertility of land; ratoon management that assists in getting a good yield in the second year.”

As per Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), Uttar Pradesh is estimated to have sugarcane area at 22.92 lakh hectares, as against 23.21 lakh ha. in 2019-20 SS, i.e. a marginal decrease by about 1%. ISMA is expecting a marginal increase in yield as well as sugar recovery in 2020-21 SS, owing to good overall standing crop condition and continued replakhement of cane variety by high yielding and high sugared cane varieties in more areas. Thus, sugar production in U.P. in 2020-21 SS is estimated to be around 123.06 lakh tonnes, which will be about 126.45 lakh tonnes (after diversion into ethanol) in the current 2019-20 SS. It is noteworthy that current year’s sugar production of the State turned out to be about 5 –6 lakh tonnes more, mainly because of much better yields as also cane diversion from Gur / Khandsari manufacturing units to sugar units, owing to premature closure of their operations due to lockdown.

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