Replacing Sugarcane with Coconut
- Existing Sugarcane gardens can be converted into Hybrid coconut gardens through the rejuvenation program.
- Plant Hybrid seedlings in between the existing sugarcane plots and after two years stop sugarcane and go for shade loving crops like cocoa under coconut after three years for better income.
- Young coconut plants start giving fruits from the fourth year with good maintenance.
- This will provide life long increased income from the same area of planting without replanting costs.
- Irrigation, fertilizers, inter cultivation, pesticides, more bulky organic manures application, harvesting, loading, handling, and transportation of sugarcane from sugarcane plots is very time consuming and laborious.
Deejay Hybrid Coconut vs Sugarcane
|Year of first Yield||4th year||Annual Crop|
|Yield Stabilisation||6th year||N. A.|
|Annual costs per acre||Rs. 46,000||Rs. 40,000|
|Annual Income per acre||Rs. 2,62,500
(17,500 nuts x Rs.15)
(40 t X Rs.2,700)
|Net operating revenue per acre||Rs. 2,16,000||Rs. 68,000|
- Coconut is a perennial crop giving income round the year, whereas sugarcane is an annual crop with one income.
- Coconut prices are dictated by demand & supply situation, whereas sugarcane price is fixed by Government (In most of the cases it’s determined by sugar factory owners).
- Coconut farm allows for multiple intercrops, whereas sugarcane is a mono crop with no additional income.
- Coconut has multiple uses & multiple harvesting opportunities. In sugarcane its single harvest, and single use.
- In sugarcane planting, inter cultivation, harvesting and loading involve considerable labor (very laborious).