Tag: sugarcane

Potential of lentil intercropping in sugarcane

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article image DUE TO increased production of cereal and vegetables, sugarcane cultivation is now gradually being pushed to low-lying marginal lands prone to water-logging, flooding, drought and salinity stresses. The sustainability of long duration sugarcane crop is now at threat. Farmers are now showing almost rational attitude towards selecting enterprise. Every farmer wants to get return from their investment within shortage time. Sugarcane is a long duration crop and requires 12-16 months to…Read More

Climate change and ethanol production from sugarcane

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The increasing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) is warming the earth’s atmosphere and the phenomenon is known as climate change or global warming. Climate change continues to be a topic of considerable scientific debate and public concern. The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) in the atmosphere has been significantly increased due to human activities. This has given rise to growing concern about the…Read More

Impact of climate change on sugarcane diseases

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article image Sugarcane family Gramineae (Poaceae) is widely grown crop in Pakistan. Sugarcane originated in New Guinea where it has been known for thousands of years. Sugarcane plants spread along human migration routes to Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Agriculture is central to economic growth and development in Pakistan. Being the dominant sector it contributes 21.4 percent to GDP, employs 45 percent of the country. Sugarcane is a cash crop along with source of white crystal sugar. It also…Read More

Profitability of intercropping in autumn planted sugarcane

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article image Sugarcane is a profitable cash crop in Pakistan and plays an important role not only in agriculture but also in industrial economy of country. Pakistan ranks 5th in the world in terms of area under sugarcane, 11th by production and 60th in yield. It provides employment to nearly 1.5 million people. Its share in GDP and value addition is 0.7 per cent, 3.2 per cent respectively, while per capita sugar consumption is 25-30 kg/year. Its production was reported 62.5 million tons for the year…Read More

SSC approves new wheat, sugarcane, canola varieties

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh Seed Council (SSC) in its recent meeting has approved new high yield varieties of wheat, canola and sugarcane which could jack up the already downing per acre yield of these crops in the country.These include a wheat variety with the yield up to 87 maunds per acre against the existing yield of 70-75 maunds.The new variety, named Benazir, has been evolved by the Wheat Research Institute, Sakrand. Its salient features include short duration and higher yield which would…Read More

Sugarcane purchase price set at Rs 170/40kgs

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government has fixed the minimum purchase price of sugarcane for the current season at Rs 170 per 40 kilograms or Rs 425 per 100 kilograms.However, sugar factories may deduct from the purchase price, the transportation charges incurred by them on the cane purchased at purchase centres and other locations away from the factory gate at the rate of Rs 1.25 per quintal (100 kg) per kilometre subject to a maximum deduction for a distance of 40 kms from the factory gate…Read More

UN urges Pakistan to subsidise agriculture Wheat, sugarcane under threat due to Bt Cotton

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The growing cultivation of Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) cotton, especially in Punjab, has decreased the area under wheat and sugarcane cultivation due to relatively longer germination period of BT cotton."BT cotton is gaining popularity in Punjab and its growing cultivation is having a negative impact on other crops particularly wheat and sugarcane because of long germination period of BT cotton. Normal cotton takes about six months to BT cotton's 10 months," an…Read More

Market forces squeezing options for sugarcane growers

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The sugarcane growers are still on the sharp edge of the prevalent policies’ or the conventional attitude and constantly bearing the brunt of the circumstances despite the repeated claims both by the government authorities and sugar millers of smoothening the financial payment as well as related affairs with the growers. These dominating factors are forcing them to revisit their future plan about cultivating crop or not, but the reality is that they are again in trouble this…Read More