A spokesman of the Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI) told APP on February that average sugarcane production in Pakistan especially in Punjab was 695 mound per acre, whereas at global level, the sugarcane production was 706 mound per acre.
He said that Pakistan’s status in sugar production was 6th place at international level.
He said that farmers should adopt latest technology to increase sugarcane produce by brining maximum land under its cultivation.
He said that from February to mid of March is the most suitable time for sugarcane cultivation, therefore, growers should use approved varieties and complete sugarcane cultivate by 15th March to get bumper crop.
The approved varieties of sugarcane include: CP-77-400, CP-72-2086, CP-43-33, CPF-243, HSF-240, SPSG-26, SPF-213, SPF-245 and COJ-84, he added.
Pakistan has taken a lead over India by winning a 300,000-tonne sugar export quota from China, according to traders. India has been waiting since long to bag the export quota from China.
“We are waiting to get sugar export quota to China, which is a huge market,” said Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories.
The Indian embassy in Beijing had organised a seminar to promote exports of Indian sugar to China in June 2018. About 25 companies representing major stakeholders in China’s sugar industry including sugar refiners, importers and traders participated in the works hop. The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Sugar Association and COFCO Sugar had also taken part.
PM Narendra Modi had discussed India’s sugar exports during an informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018.
Indian traders have contracted 2.2 million tonnes of sugar for exports as of March 7, according to industry officials. “If we do not get access to the Chinese market this season, total exports may reach 3 million tonnes,” said Naiknavare.