GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE MILL WITH ITS OPERATIONAL AREA
The Government of Andhra Pradesh under Sugarcane Act 1961 has allotted 156 Revenue Villages in 13 Mandals of West Godavari and Sitanagaram mandal of East Godavari district. The soils in our factory area are sandy loam, alluvial, heavy clay and red loam soils. They are quite suitable for sugarcane cultivation. In all the area most of the soils are having drainage facilities, but in some patches water stagnation during floods is problem. The total cultivable area in our factory zone is 1,16,897 hectares out of an area of hectares is under cultivation of crops like paddy, tobacco, Chillies, Banana, Oil palm and vegitables. The irrigated area is 91,301 hectares under bore wells and canals. The ground water potentiality in our factory zone is very good and is being recharged by good rainfall during the last three months. The average sugarcane yield in our factory zone is 30 tonnes. The cane availability during 2010-11 season is expected to be 9.0 lakh tones. We have crushing capacity of 8500 TCD by which we can start crushing in the month of November ‘10 and continue up to March ‘11.
CANE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
THREE – TIER SEED NURSERY PROGRAMME:
We are providing seed material incentive for growing seed nurseries of improved new sugarcane varieties under 3 tier seed nursery programme under the supervision of our Agrl. Staff (84 Field staff + 12 Agricultural Officers + 2 Cane Managers and General Manager (Cane).
SEED SAVING TECHNOLOGY:
We have introduced seedlings plantation to reduce the cost of cultivation in sugarcane crop by 35% than the normal planting method, which helps in reducing the seed material and also labour cost. By seed saving technology, the cane growers are saving Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 6000/- in both seed as well as labour cost. We have given Rs. 10.00 lakhs for developing seed saving technology in our factory area for 2009-10 planting season.
We are providing seed cane subsidy of Rs. 7000/- per one acre for planting sugarcane crop. The total amount of subsidy for seed cane is Rs. 6.30 crores for planting 9000 acres during the 2009-10 planting season.
RATOON MANAGEMENT SUBSIDY:
We are providing Rs. 2000/- per acre of ratoon crop for taking up ratoon management practices like stubble shaving, malathion drenching, gap filling with seedlings, earthing up and inter-cultural operations. The total amount for ratoon management subsidy is Rs. 2.20 crores for 11000 acres of ratoon crop during 2009-10 season.
WIDER SPACING INCENTIVE:
We are encouraging the cane growers for partial mechanization of cane cultivation like inter-cultural and harvesting operations. For this purpose, the spacing between the rows has to be increased. So we are encouraging the cane growers to take up spaced plantation by giving incentive of Rs. 3000/- per acre.
TRASH UTILISATION INCENTIVE:
In our factory area, the farmers had the practice of burning the sugarcane trash after harvesting the cane, which is becoming a threat for global warming. To change the trash burning practice, we have introduced trash utilization incentive of Rs. 1000/- per acre for utilizing the sugarcane trash for mulching or for removing the cane trash from the field.
INTEREST-FREE LOAN FACILITIES TO CANE GROWERS:
All the inputs like Organic Manure, Inorganic Manure, Weedicides, Pesticides etc are provided with interest free loan to the cane growers.
We are providing crop loans to the cane growers under tie-up arrangement with commercial banks. These loans are recovered from the subsequent cane payments after supply of cane.
LOANS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF IRRIGATION FACILITIES:
We are providing term-loans to our cane growers for purchasing PVP pipes for bore wells, which will be recovered in three years from their cane payments. As the irrigation facilities are improved on a long term basis, the farmers are coming forward to take up cane plantation.
CANE TRANSPORT SYSTEM:
We are providing transport facilities to cane growers on subsidy basis for supplying cane from distant villages of 25 kms and above. We provide transport subsidy of Rs. 50.00 lakhs to cane growers’ transporting cane from distant villages.
INFRA STRUCTURE FACILITIES:
We are providing financial assistance for repairs and maintenance of roads and culverts for transporting the cane from different villages to our factory with 65% contribution from factory funds.
AGRONOMIC – TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YIELDS:
We are increasing the per acre yield by taking-up improved agronomic techniques like gap filling with single bud seedlings both in plant and ratoon crop, earthing up operation, sugarcane trash mulching and wider spacing plantation etc.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL LABOURATORY:
We have installed a bio-control lab in our factory premises for Mass production of Trichogramma sp., which is utilized in control of ESB, INB in sugarcane crop. We have spent Rs. 15.00 lakhs for installing the bio-control lab. And we are supplying Tricho-cards for 5000 acres in our factory area, on 40% subsidy to our cane growers.
MECHANIZATION OF CANE CULTIVATION:
We are encouraging the farmers to take up mechanization in cane cultivation by introducing suitable implements for soil preparation, inter-cultivation implements like power weeders/ tillers, earthing up implements, chemicals and fertilizer distribution implements and mechanical harvesting machines etc. by giving incentives for utilizing the implements and supplying the suitable implements on subsidy basis though our company to the interested cane growers.