Friday, February 6, 2015

Sugarcane-Small Scale Business Opportunities

  From previous posts we understood the concepts   of Sugarcane farming , its benefits,feasibility study and scope. Now we are going to discuss about the small scale business opportunities associated with Sugarcane farming.These are small and medium sized business opportunities which can add value to your Sugarcane farming and at the same time increase your profit and convert you from a traditional farmer to farming business entrepreneur.

Sugarcane Juice shop

This can be a Roadside shop or near public places where the foot walking is high.You require a small Sugarcane Juice extractor for this shop.If you already own a juice shop or you have any shop already,you have an excellent opportunity.we will discuss more about this business in coming posts.

Jaggery Manufacturing Plant

Jaggery is one of the major product from Sugar cane.It has more health benefits compared to Sugar.It require less investment compared to sugar production. Jaggery got huge domestic market in India and is widely used for food and sweets preparation.We will discuss in detail about this business idea in coming posts

Bio-fuel/Ethanol production

Petroleum products prices are varying now.It is estimated that the current petroleum sources will deplete in nearby future(Note: current dip in petroleum price is temporary).The best alternative is Bio-fuel.Ethanol is one of the best Bio-fuel available today and Sugarcane is one of its largest source.Now Ethanol is extracted as a By product while producing sugar.But there will be a time when Sugarcane farming is done purely for ethanol.

Small scale sugar production Plant

sugar manufacturing is one of the major business sector in India.For starting a Sugar manufacturing plant,you need good investment,Marketing knowledge and sales strength.So it if you are planning for manufacturing Sugar,it is best to form a society of all Sugarcane farmers in your area and then start the plant under this society.This will help you to gather investment and also help you to handle any adverse condition.

Charcoal production plant

Sugarcane leaves are good source of Carbon.Normally this leaves are burnt for clearing the field for next crop.Using these wasted leaves for production of Charcoal is one of the profitable business idea.As the availability of wood goes down and the demand for charcoal goes up especially in winter season,Charcoal production business is getting huge profit.We will discuss more about this business opportunity in coming posts.

These are some of the small scale business opportunities related to sugar cane farming.apart from these if you have any new idea or suggestions,you can comment below..

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Advantages of Sugarcane farming

 While we discuss about Sugarcane farming,there will always be questions like what are the benefits of Sugarcane farming?why should we go for it?.Finding answers to these questions will help us to know more about Sugarcane farming and generate more profit out of it.Here we are analysing the advantages of Sugarcane farming and what are the factors which make Sugarcane farming a profitable business.

Availability of Market

The end products like sugar,Jaggery have high demand in India and International market.So we are going to farm raw materials(cane) for this industry which got huge potential and market demand.

Climate

India got favourable climate and soil for Sugarcane farming in most of the areas.This makes Sugarcane farming one of the best choices for farmers in southern,North-west and North-East regions.

Valuable Bye-products

The bye-products of sugarcane farming is used for producing Bi-fuels like Ethanol and also used in Paper Industries.This makes Sugarcane a valuable crop to farm.This helps the farmers to earn more from the farming business.

Ratoon Farming

Once we start the Sugarcane farming,ratoon technique allows us to harvest two or three years continuously.This makes farming more easier and less job intensive.Even though we can do this for more years,after each harvest the productivity decreases.So it is not advisable after three years.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure requirement for Sugarcane farming is very less compared to other type of farming.Even though the infrastructure requirement for producing sugar and all may require some investment,there are plenty of Mills available in India.So for a medium farmer no need to worry about the initial investment as these mills are ready to buy the raw canes at any time.

Application of Precision farming

New technologies like Precision farming and Greenhouse farming is possible in sugarcane farming.This helps Farmers to do more water conservation,increase productivity and make the farming more cost effective and profitable.

Provision of combined farming

Sugarcane farming can be combined with other farming businesses like Dairy farming,Goat farming etc.The bye-products can be used for producing Organic manures.Thus we can integrate Sugarcane farming with other businesses and generate more income.

Opportunity for starting a small scale Industry

Sugarcane farming leaves an excellent opportunity for those farmers who want to grow as an entrepreneur.We can easily start a small scale industry in this sector with minimum investment.We will discuss more about it in coming posts.

 These are few reasons for selecting Sugarcane as one of the crop in our farm.It is always advisable that you do a feasibility study in your area and consult nearby government agencies like Krishibhavan before starting any type of farming.
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