INDIA: Binor district passes 12% sugar content

Published: 02/17/2017, 6:11:55 PM

In what could be termed as sweet success, Bijnor has broken all records of extracting sugar from sugarcane this year. Seven of the nine sugar mills in the district have managed to extract more than 12% sugar per quintal of sugarcane this year, which is the highest so far in the state, according to the Times of India newspaper.

According to district cane officer O P Singh, "High yielding varieties of sugarcane and new methods of cultivation are rapidly being adopted by farmers in Bijnor district. Hence, sugar mills have managed to extract the highest percentage of sugar from cane so far. Bundki mill has managed to achieve 12.83% sugar recovery, Dhampur 12.75%, Afjalgarh 12.75%, Syohara mill 12.50%, Barkatpur 12.20%, Najibabad 12.20% and Bilai 12%. The figures are based on daily sugar extracting data."

Singh said, "In 2013, the average sugar recovery was 9.4% in the district. This year, it is expected to be 11.75%. This means that about 1.9 million quintal - worth INR7.81 billion (US$116.4 million) - of additional sugar has been produced on the same cane area. In 2012/13, early variety percentage area was 9.06%. Now, it is 75.30%. High-yielding early sugarcane varieties like 0238, 0118, COSA 8436, COJ 85, COJ 88, 03234, 3220 and COJ 64 have benefited not only sugar mills but also farmers, who have earned additional INR800 million. These early varieties of sugarcane fetches the farmer INR10 more per quintal than the general varieties."

"The sugarcane department has made farmers aware about new methods of sugarcane sowing (trench method, single bud method, etc) and about how to treat seeds. We have visited the fields and held workshops to make farmers aware about the benefits of adopting high-yielding cane varieties," Singh added.

"In Bijnor district, farmers have mainly adopted the trench method of sowing sugarcane crop. As a result, sugarcane production has jumped by 20-30%. In this method, the crop needs 50% less water, thereby decreasing the cost of production of the crop, apart from saving water," said the district cane officer.

In Bijnor district, 210,000 hectares are under sugarcane cultivation.