BEST AGRONOMIC PRACTICES TO MAXIMIZE THE SUGARCANE PRODUCTIVITY
It is well recognized that sugarcane farming is one of the major contributors to the Indian economy in terms of the large number of people dependent on it for income and livelihoods. However, sugarcane farmers, especially in India continue to face challenges to enhance farm incomes on account of low farm yields due to the predominance of poor agronomy package of practices. It is essential to develop comprehensive Best Agronomic Practices (BAP’s) and judiciously adopted to optimize the inputs and sustain the higher productivity besides maintaining soil health. Best agronomic practices, especially adoption of varieties, planting material, method of planting, subsurface drip fertigation, fertigation scheduling, Irrigation scheduling, bio fertilizer application, pest and disease management and mechanization are to be adopted. By adopting BAP’s, the yield gap can be narrowed and vertical expansion of cane productivity can be sustained.
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