INDIA: UP private mills ask farmers to stop planting cane

Published: 05/17/2018, 8:37:04 AM

Faced with the glut of sugar and bumper cane crop during 2017/18 season, private sugar mills are directly reaching out to farmers in Uttar Pradesh and urging them to stop sowing sugarcane for 2018/19 and bring down area under cane cultivation, according to India's UNI news agency.

The sugar industry has also stopped investing in cane development where they provide cane seed, insecticide and other agriculture inputs on credit or at subsidised rates to cane growers.

Sugarcane is the most popular cash crop in UP and the cane area has gone up by 12% in 2017/18 season from 2.054 million hectares to 2.3 million hectares.

The industry invests in cane reserve area within a 16 sq km radius of the mill allotted to it by Cane department every year from where it gets cane supply during crushing season.