Sugarcane is one of the heaviest users of water and studies have provided an empirical yield/water use relationship which roughly equates to 10 mm of water (crop evapo-transpiration) producing a yield of 1.0 tc/ha.
In most environments sugarcane will demand some 1 500 mm crop water per year and this is received either as rainfall or applied as irrigation, or a combination of both. Rainfed cane is at the mercy of weather patterns and annual cane yield will always be variable and directly linked to rainfall.
Irrigation can level out this variability and provide a consistent cane yield and longer ratoon life since the plant never suffers moisture stress. Irrigated cane yields should reach a consistent 100 tc/ha and will often be much higher.
Good practice must be followed with irrigated sugarcane because poorly investigated and designed systems could lead to high water tables and salinisation of the soil. Drainage and irrigation go hand-in-hand, and integrated designs are necessary to prevent long term problems.
The technical and promotional cell comprising experts in various fields i.e. Sugar Technology, Sugarcane Agronomy, Financial Management, Man Power Planning, and By-Products Management etc. of IBAP has been providing technical and promotional services to its member cooperative sugar factories in order to improve their technical performance
The main objectives of the cell are to provide technical know how, advice and other assistance in selection, purchase, installation, operation and maintenance of plant and machinery, assistance in selection of technical personnel for member factories and suggesting ways and means to increase capacity utilisation and operational efficiency of existing sugar factories
The services are also provided for sugarcane development varietal development and improvement in agricultural practices for improving yield, to reduce cost of cultivation, DPR for Ethanol, Alcohol, Co-generation is also being provided.