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Cane varieties for farmers

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, May 19, 2014

CANE growers will have to adapt to planting three different varieties of cane if they want to take advantage of the quality payment system, says Sugar Industry Tribunal commissioner Tim Brown.

Under the traditional payment by weight system, cane growers planted one variety with no regard to sugar content or quality.

"This is why we are encouraging growers to begin planting early, mid and late maturing cane," he said.

"This will ensure a high quality crop throughout the season.

"We have tested these varieties and the results have proven that planting the three different varieties is the way forward.

"By doing this the sugar level increases throughout the season instead of lowering towards the end of the season as has been the trend."

Mr Brown said studies were conducted to ascertain if cane varieties that yielded high sugar content could be planted in poor soil.

"Obviously, we have people who will not want to change and that is their decision.

"If they bring in low quality cane, they will be paid less."





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