Sugarcane acreage in Maharashtra to rise 30% to 10.66 lakh ha


The sugarcane planted area in Maharashtra is expected to improve by 29 per cent to ten.sixty six lakh ha for the sugar calendar year 2020-21. Past calendar year, the area was eight.22 lakh ha, according to the estimates geared up by the State Sugar Commissioner place of work.

Sugar calendar year runs from Oct to September. Each and every calendar year all over Dussehra pageant most of the mills get started the method of procuring and crushing sugarcane. This calendar year, the Dussehra pageant falls on Oct 25 but offered the higher planted area, the year is expected to get started by the 2nd week of Oct.

Shekhar Gaikwad, Sugar Commissioner of Maharashtra, explained to BusinessLine that thanks to very good rains in 2019 as well as this calendar year a bumper crop is expected. Sugarcane offered for crushing would be 815.50 lakh tonnes (lt), although final calendar year 545 lt was crushed in the State.

Due to very good h2o availability, in every hectare, the yield could improve by 5 to 10 tonnes. The improve in tonnage of sugarcane in fields will also direct to higher sugar production in the mills, he said.

A sugarcane area estimation notice geared up by the State Sugar Commissioner place of work said that the productiveness is expected to rise to eighty five tonnes/per ha. Average restoration fee would be eleven.30 per cent and sugar production is approximated to attain 92.15 lt.

Though the sugarcane production is expected to be 906.1 lt, the precise cane offered for crushing with the mills would be 815.50 lt, the notice said.

Jaggery units

Sugarcane also has very good demand from cattle feed suppliers and from jaggery creating units. Jaggery is continue to used for creating classic sweets and it is also getting promoted as a health and fitness foodstuff and an option to white sugar.

The notice included that the Kolhapur division will dominate the scene with 2.69 lakh ha of area underneath the money crop. Past calendar year, the acreage was 2.30 lakh ha. Customarily, the division, which is composed of Kolhapur and Sangli district, has been the major sugarcane belt of the State.