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Sugarcane crushing delayed in UP

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11 October 2022, UP: Uttar Pradesh, India’s No 1 sugarcane producer, may see a drop in yield and recovery rate in central and eastern regions after heavy rains affected the crops in many places leading to severe waterlogging in the field. However, the extent of damage can be assessed only after rains completely stop, said industry officials and experts.

“The estimate in the current season (October-September) was 12.05 million tonnes (mt) of sugar (including the quantity to be diverted for ethanol), but recent rains have changed the situation and though there will be a drop, it is too early to estimate now since rain is still continuing,” said an industry official.

Sugarcane production in the State this year has been estimated at 176.71 mt — marginally down from last year’s 177.43 mt. Echoing a similar view, Bakshi Ram, who is credited with the development of the highest yield and recovery variety sugarcane CO-0238, said: “The adverse impact on yield will be less compared to recovery, but definitely waterlogging at this time is not good for the crop. Besides, there is also the risk of red rot disease, even though its spread will be slower due to low temperature.” 

Impact on yield

Some traders are of the view that the latest rain will improve the yield. “But the latest rain will give more yield and recovery and there is nothing negative as sugarcane has not fallen. There is no reason to fear low production. New sugar across India will start getting supply on or before November 10 everywhere, subject to monsoon withdrawal by October 18,” said Praful Vithalani, proprietor of Mumbai-based trading firm Jagjivan Keshavji & Co.

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