Kharif Outlook: ‘Safest crop’ sugarcane set to gain this season

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 extra farmers are shifting to sugarcane cultivation mainly because of guaranteed cash flow.

“Sugarcane is comparatively a better crop compared with other people with superior returns. It is even a lazy crop as the moment you plant and slash the cane you can be positive the mills will buy,” states Praful Vithalani, Chairman, All India Sugar Traders Association (AISTA).


An gain in the situation of planting sugarcane is that growers need not worry. “It is the mills that need to worry about promoting sugar,” states Vithalani.

Ganpatrao Sawant, director of Sangli-dependent Vasantdada Sugar Cooperative, concurs with the AISTA chairman. “There is uncertainty in the market place in look at of the significant shares sugar mills have. They have to start the crushing period, but there are lots of mills that might face a money crisis to start crushing the following period. Glut in sugarcane manufacturing will add to the complications of farmers and millers,” he states.

In short, the “safest” and “lazy” crop tag for sugarcane will likely guide to higher planting this kharif.

Stand-by itself ethanol vegetation

The Centre’s coverage to allow stand-by itself ethanol vegetation and the insistence on they spend truthful and remunerative rate (FRP) to farmers may perhaps also persuade them to get up sugarcane farming extra severely, states an Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Association official.

The reality that sugar exports have been superior this year in addition to the continual improve in the manufacturing of ethanol could be favourable for planting sugarcane, he states.

With Uttar Pradesh heading to the polls following year, the State federal government would be extra prompt in ensuring mills spend farmers on time as it would not want to antagonise these kinds of a huge vote lender on the eve of the polls.

Water availability

In Karnataka, the 3rd major sugar-producing state, sugarcane output is likely to improve by about 5 for each cent aided by higher water availability and superior pre-monsoon showers during the summer season months.

RB Khandagave, Director, S Nijalingappa Sugar Institute in Belagavi, mentioned the crop ailment in Karnataka is superior and the output would be higher by about 5 for each cent.

Apart from superior water availability, there is no report of pests attack or disorder, which ought to aid the manufacturing, he mentioned.

Khandagave mentioned the roadmap for ethanol mixing introduced by the Centre will deliver a huge improve for cane cultivation in Karnataka.

Vithalani states that sugarcane draws farmers as Indian growers are paid out thirty-35 for each cent extra than growers in countries these kinds of as Thailand.

Rahil Shaikh, Handling Director of MEIR Commodities-India, mentioned that the sugarcane crop would be a little bit higher than previous year. “Sugarcane planting is on the verge of completion. We will get to know the precise nearer to the peak monsoon time period, but we assume higher acreage in Maharashtra and Karnataka,” he mentioned.

Maharashtra, UP situation

This period to September, sugar mills in Maharashtra have developed 106.3 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar immediately after crushing 1,012 lakh tonnes of cane with the crushing ending not long ago.

In accordance to the Sugar Commissioner Workplace, farmers in Maharashtra cultivated sugarcane on 11.42 lakh hectares compared with 8.22 lakh hectares in 2019-20. An estimated twelve lakh hectares might appear under sugarcane with most gains coming from central Maharashtra.

Kolhapur and Pune regions dominate sugarcane cultivation in the State. These two regions crushed forty six for each cent of the sugarcane to make 50 for each cent of the full sugar in Maharashtra in 2020-21.

In Uttar Pradesh, farmers planted sugarcane more than 23.98 lakh hectares this period, marginally higher than 2019-20. “We however do not know how a great deal spot will be protected this year. The study is heading on and we will get to know by early July,” mentioned the UPSMA official.

Until May well 31, Uttar Pradesh mills have developed about 110 lt of sugar for the current period that commenced in Oct.

Problem of arrears

Sugarcane acreage in Karnataka is likely to be the very same as that of previous year or see a marginal dip, mentioned Kurubur Shantakumar, President of Karnataka Cane Growers Association.

Sugarcane is cultivated on 10 lakh acres in the State, he mentioned.

Mills in Karnataka crushed about 353.forty five lakh tonnes of cane during the current period, Khandagave mentioned. A different 20 for each cent of the cane was diverted to make jaggery as perfectly for seed functions.

If there could be any issue with regard to sugarcane acreage, it is the dollars that mills owe to farmers who equipped sugarcane.

In Maharashtra, mills have paid out a web FRP of ₹22,043.13 crore or ninety four.fifty two for each cent of the full payable FRP. Mills have to spend ₹1,277.44 crore to farmers as of June two.

On the other hand, the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar factories Limited has expressed concern more than mills in the State providing sugar down below minimal providing rate of ₹3,100 for each quintal. This has led to paucity of funds, which could affect payment to growers following period.

In Karnataka, the cane arrears are to the tune of more than ₹1,000 crore for the current period, even though there is an exceptional of ₹300-400 crore from the earlier decades, Shantakumar mentioned.

Sugar output

The outlook of a higher sugarcane manufacturing arrives at a time when this season’s sugar manufacturing has been estimated at 32.8 million tonnes (mt) with more than two mt heading toward ethanol manufacturing. Very last period, manufacturing was 27.4 mt.

The USDA has projected that Indian sugar manufacturing following period would be a further two mt higher, but it would final result in India carrying ahead a higher inventory than the 11 mt projected this year.

The Indian sugar sector has been buoyed by federal government coverage that gave transport and other assistance for exports. This has assisted exports contact 6 mt this period compared with mt previous period.

The Centre arrived with a deal that assisted each individual tonne of sugar exported to get ₹6,000 as assistance compared with an normal ₹9,750 previous period.

The Union Government is estimated to have put in about Rs 3,five hundred crore this period as export assistance compared with ₹6,250 crore previous period.

“Government coverage will be the vital to the sugar industry’s fortunes and growers’ welfare,” mentioned MEIR Commodities’ Shaikh.

Pros and negatives

Though sugarcane is an simple crop to improve, it has its personal professionals and negatives. The crop guzzles water. For instance, farmers in water-starved Maharashtra use trillions of litres of water to cultivate sugarcane.

Although sugarcane accounts for only 4 for each cent of the full cropped spot in the western State, it consumes 70 for each cent of the full water made use of for irrigation.

In accordance to the Commission for Agricultural Prices and Rates (CACP), more than two,five hundred litres of water is consumed to make a kg of sugar.

Also, sugarcane growers currently fetch 1.eighteen occasions return on their expenditure if the cane is planted. In situation of ratoon crop, which is truly cutting the stem and leaving the root part intact, the growers fetch a return of two.8 occasions their expenditure.

The CACP has mentioned that the normal web return for sugarcane growers is 10 occasions the realisation of cotton and gram put collectively.

With inputs from Radheshyam Jadhav, Pune Vishwanath Kulkarni, Bengaluru Tv set Jayan, New Delhi and Subramani Ra Mancombu, Chennai)

(This is part of a sequence of Kharif Outlook experiences that have been appearing in these columns given that previous 7 days. The experiences will go on to seem more than the following several times.)