Amit Savat, a younger farmer in Maharashtra’s Sangli, is apparent about the crop he wants to plant this Kharif period. He favours sugarcane. “I want to get well losses,” he states, immediately after getting suffered large losses increasing vegetables more than the previous one particular-and-a-50 percent decades.
The Covid pandemic is one particular key motive for the losses suffered by vegetable growers in his area. Like Savat, lots of growers in his area have shifted from cultivating grapes to planting sugarcane.
Pandurang Chavan, a farmer from the Kolhapur area in Maharashtra, bets that “sugarcane is the safest crop in the current occasions of Covid”.
“Cultivation expenditures for other crops have multiplied and unseasonal rains, closure of markets, charge of pesticides, labour availability and affordability have remained key complications for farmers,” he states, justifying his lead to to change to sugarcane planting this year.
Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad states that