In India, just as in Australia, sugar cane research organizations are tying up with producers and mills. The Times of India reports that the Institute of Sugarcane Research on has agreed to join with the sugar mills in the state to offer technological support to enhance cane yield and sugar recovery. The decision was made during an institute-industry conference held at Indian Institute of Sugar Cane Research on Monday. IISR director S Solomon, said sugar mill owners are seeking solutions for low sugarcane productivity and decreasing sugar recovery in western Uttar Pradesh. A gradual decrease in sugar recovery has taken place in the past five years, along with poor soil quality and insect and pest problems.
Solomon advised farmers to implement the complete package of cane cultivation practices, including techniques of soil health improvement, improved sugarcane varieties, varietal planning, three-tier seed production programme, wheat-sugarcane system, bio-intensive management of diseases and pests, post-harvest techniques to improve sugar recovery, training of sugar mill cane development staff for improving productivity and sugar recovery on sustained basis.