Sugarcoated profits in the offing
In what could be termed as sweet news for Krishna district, nearly 2,000 acres of land has been additionally brought under sugarcane cultivation in...
In what could be termed as sweet news for Krishna district, nearly 2,000 acres of land has been additionally brought under sugarcane cultivation in Krishna district within a year as farmers are keen for crop diversification to reap profits.
According to the KCP Sugar and Industries Company Limited officials, the total extent of land under sugarcane cultivation was above 31,000 acres by the beginning of the cane crushing season 2014-15. The cane crushing season began in the first week of December at KCP’s Vuyyuru factory.
“This season, at least 8.3 lakh tonnes of cane is expected to be crushed at maximum cane recovery rate 10.3 per cent per tonne at Vuyyuru Unit whereas nearly three lakh tonnes is expected at Laxmipuram unit, where crushing is scheduled to begin from Monday midnight,” KCP Sugars General Manager G Venkateswara Rao said.
The total yield per acre is being expected to be between 36 and 37 tonnes as against maximum of 39 tonnes per acre in the last crushing season that ended in April 2014. The fair and remunerative price offered per tonne by the KCP Sugar and Industries Company Limited was Rs 2,482 at Vuyyuru unit and Rs 2,432 at Laxmipuram unit. Subsidy of Rs 10,000 to Rs 13,000 per acre for cultivation of sugarcane is assured to encourage the farmers in addition to various incentives.
“We are also offering special incentives for those farmers depending on manual labour and machinery for cane cultivation,” added Venkateswara Rao. The cane crushing season 2014-15 will complete by the end of April in the two units in Krishna district.
Demand for ADVs Majority of the farmers engaged in cane cultivation continue to depend on bullock cart, one of the Animal Drawn Vehicles (ADVs) still in operation in Krishna district, for transportation of cane from field to the crushing units.
“Dependence on ADV is a way to minimise input cost per acre in the wake of steep rise in fuel prices and transportation charges for heavy vehicles such as tractor,” opined cane farmers in Eastern Krishna.