This is a good but very deficient article. I just sent in the following comment to the PUNE MIRROR and Mr. Dighe. Others might like to help inform it and him
This article by Sandip Dighe is truly alarming, as the future of the sugarcane sector in Maharashtra and elsewhere is clearly in jeopardy when using present methods of cultivation. It is unfortunate that Mr. Dighe did not know about and report on something known as Sustainable Sugarcane Intensification (SSI), which can give farmers higher yields of cane with higher sugar content while reducing the requirements for irrigation water and with lower costs of production because there is less reliance on and utilization of agrochemical inputs. For information on SSI, this is available on the website of AgSRI based in Hyderabad: www.agsri.com
Prof. Norman Uphoff, Cornell University, USA
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Thanks for sending Norman. I hope everything is OK with you and your family.