Other names: Ganna (Hindi), Kabbu (Kannada), Cheraku (Telegu), Oos (Marathi), Karumpu (Tamil), Seradi (Gujarati)
Sugarcane occupies an important position in India’s agrarian economy and more than six million farmers are engaged in its cultivation. The sugar industry is the largest processing industry in India and the country accounts for almost 30% of the world’s sugarcane harvest.
It is not just for sweets. Sugar is also used in less obvious products like tomato ketchup and pickles. Each of us consume around 70 grams of sugar every day that’s less than 25 kilograms each year. This is further estimated to increase to 35 kilograms by 2030.
There is also a new and growing reason the world turns to farmers for sugarcane: biofuel. Through fermentation, sugar can be turned into bioethanol – a rising star in the low-carbon economy. It is expected that by 2030, 80% of Sugarcane will be used to produce sugar balance to ethanol.
We, at Bayer, work long and hard to help farmers make a success of their sugarcane crop. The world’s demands are high: the food industry relies hugely on sugarcane to make the products that people love.
Problems faced by farmers
The major challenge for sugarcane farmers is to balance with input usage and productivity, which ultimately effects the economics of his crop. Other noted challenges faced by cane growing farmers are of weeds & insect pest. The weed problems by monocots, dicot and sedges are growing. Termites, white grubs, early shoot borer, internode borer, top borer, mealy bug and wolly aphids are pests that are known to cause economic loss. The soil pest (white grub and termites) infestation is seen throughout the year wherein they feed on the roots of cane and adversely impact the final production of cane. The early shoot borer infestation starts from 30 days and may extend up to 60 days of the crop. Top borer and intermodal borer infestation occurs between 150-240 days. The black bug damage is observed from 80-120 days. Other pests are seasonal which infest the crop occasionally.
Solutions we offer
Faced with such challenges, sugarcane farmers are eager to protect their crop with the best products available. That’s where we come in, offering hard-working protection from a wide range of products such as Sencor®, Confidor® Regent® GR, Regent® SC and Lesenta®. We also have Laudis® herbicide in the pipeline.
We at Bayer continuously work on providing complete solutions from weed control with Sencor® to a series of insecticide products such as Confidor® Regent® GR, Regent® SC and Lesenta®. For the control of early shoot borer, we recommend Regent® GR & Regent® SC. For termites, we offer Confidor® & Regent® GR while Lesenta® helps to protect your crop from white grub damage.