Sugarcane: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Centre increases Ethanol Prices

The Indian Government has directed the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase the procurement of ethanol and has also increased the price for buying the ethanol from the farmers. This move holds significance as the state elections in Maharastra, Haryana, and Jharkhand. What has happened? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a ..

WTO Dispute Settlement Panel to review India’s Sugar Subsidy

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has announced setting up of dispute settlement panel to review India’s sugar subsidy as requested by Brazil, Australia and Guatemala. What are the Objections against India? The countries allege that: India has massively increased the level of domestic support under its support regime for sugarcane and sugar. India has almost doubled ..

Is Marathwada Undergoing Desertification?

The experts have warned that the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is heading towards desertification due to the policy-induced failures. The Groundwater Surveys show that the water table had dropped alarmingly in 70 of the 76 talukas and more than 25 have reported a drop of more than two metres. Why the disaster is Man-made? Of ..

Pakistan declares sugarcane juice as ‘national drink’

The Government of Pakistan has recently declared sugarcane juice as the ‘national drink’ of the country. The announcement came after the government conducted a Twitter poll where people were asked to decide on the country’s national drink with two other options — orange and carrot — besides sugarcane. According to the poll, 7,616 people or ..

Can Ethanol Blending Be a Panacea For India?

Twin challenges of increasing price of crude and depreciating rupee are burdening Indian economy. Time and again it has been emphasised that increase in the use of biofuels as a way out to address this challenge. Among biofuels ethanol appears to be the most viable alternative. Other biofuels such as jatropha have often proven to ..

Rajasthan becomes first Indian state to implement National policy on bio fuels

Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to implement the National policy on bio fuels, which was launched by the Union Government in May 2018. The desert State will lay emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds and establish a Centre for Excellence in Udaipur to promote research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy ..

Sustainable Sugar Initiative

SSI was jointly launched by ICRISAT and WWF to reduce and optimize the use of water and other inputs in sugarcane production. It is a system of various practices and principles including: using single budded sets from healthy mother cane instead of 2/3 budded sets for raising nursery, to get higher percentage of germination. Transplantation ..

Sugarcane and Marathwada’s Drought

With intensifying drought situation in the Maharashtra’s marathwada region, the blame for the drought has been squarely put on the cultivation of sugarcane in that region. Why cultivation of sugarcane is advantageous and why it cannot be held responsible for the drought in Maharashtra’s Marathwada? Sugarcane is a long duration crop which typically grows for ..