Sugar Cane Cultivation

Sugar, the new white gold?

Sugarcane is one of the most water-demanding crops and water availability is the most important factor affecting its growth. According to studies, sugarcane yields can decrease by up to 70% under drought conditions. Climate change may increase evapotranspiration rates and reduce available water in the soil. Therefore, there is an increasing need for irrigation in sugarcane production.

Its Cultivation

Traditionally, sugarcane was grown under rainfed conditions in subtropical areas where rainfall is abundant. Increased demand for sugar resulted in the expansion of cultivation areas to other regions.

The use of irrigation gives farmers more flexibility to plant sugarcane in regions with less rainfall and better control of the production process. Studies have shown that irrigation in sugarcane can increase yields by up to 200% compared to rainfed sugarcane.

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Its price has risen 42.8% in the last year. Since the pandemic, the price of sugar has increased by up to 80% globally, but in Spain it has been accentuated".

El Nacional (INTERNATIONAL NEWS)

The key

It was in 2020, with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, when a price escalation began, reaching, in global figures, an accumulated increase of 80% in just two years. In the last twelve months alone, the price of sugar has risen by 11.3% worldwide; in the European Union, by 20%, and in Spain, by 42.8%, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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By growing sugarcane with Pivot irrigation, growers have more freedom to choose the cane variety, since water is available. These sugarcane growers can amortize their irrigation equipment in less than five years.

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