When we discuss about Sugarcane farming, there will be always a question like what are the things we need to check before starting Sugarcane farming. Here we are going to discuss in detail about the basic checks we need to do before actually get into Sugarcane farming. Before we go for sugarcane farming,it is advisable that we do this feasibility study in our area of farm as the success of the Sugarcane farm business depends on these factors also.
Sugarcane prices vary time to time and climate conditions has high influence on Sugarcane.We should be prepared for It.So it is better to analyse ourself whether we can handle these things financially.
Availability of Sugarcane processing plants
If the sugarcane processing mills/plants are available nearby,transportation charges for the cane will be reduced and we can ensure the demand for Sugarcane always.Main Sugarcane processing plants are Sugar Mills.You can also check other processing plants which require Raw cane for other industries too.
Climate condition in our area
Sugarcane require a long warm growing season with average rainfall.This rainfall will trigger its vegetative growth.High rainfall and raining during ripening and harvesting period is not desirable.The desired temperature range is 25°-32°.So we need to check whether our climate is similar to this or not.Frost is not good for Sugarcane. So avoid Frost seasons.
Sugarcane require highly fertile ,well drained soil with optimum pH as 6.5.
Sugarcane farming is labour intensive farming.so we should check availability of labours at cheap rate as the high rate can reduce our profitability.
Availability of Land
We need a long continuous land which enables us to use machines and get optimum harvest.The Land should be reusable for at least 3 years as ratoon crops(canes grown from roots after harvesting) techniques are used in Sugarcane farming.
Availability of nearby Sugarcane farmers
If we are alone and no other Sugarcane farmers are nearby us,then we will face lots of issues like finding buyers for our cane,less chance of bargaining,Lack of advises etc.
These are some primary checks/requirements we need to keep in mind while we go for Sugarcane farming.If you feel I missed anything,you can always add by commenting below.