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 […]


What is the arrears problem in Sugar Industry of India?

It has been more than two years since April 2013, when the union government decided to lift some control on the sugar industry. Via this government scrapped the obligation to sell 10 per cent of a mill’s output to the Public Distribution System at prices below the cost of production and also the government’s power […]

Why sugar industry shifting from northern to peninsular India?

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were top sugar producing states once upon a time. However, they have lost their position to states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The sugar industry of India is gradually shifting from north India to peninsular India because of several better conditions prevailing there. These include: The tropical climate of Peninsular […]

Current Data on Sugarcane Production in India

In India, Sugarcane is grown as a Kharif Crop. It needs hot and humid climate with an average temperature of 21°C to 27°C. 75-150 cm rainfall is favorable for sugar cane cultivation. Irrigation needed for areas with lesser rainfall. Sugarcane can grow in any soil which can retain moisture. Ideal soil for sugarcane is deep […]

Top sugarcane Producing Countries

In terms of production, Sugarcane is the world’s largest crop. In 2012, around 1.83 billion tons of sugarcane was produced worldwide. Top sugar producing countries are Brazil, India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico. About Sugarcane plant Taxonomically, Sugarcane belongs to Poaceae family of true grasses. It is a tropical and perennial grass which attains a […]