Sugarcane waste helps increase yield of key cereals: Study -Anjali Marar

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published Published on Aug 25, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 27, 2020

-The Indian Express

Husk, bran, straw, stover, skin, molasses and bagasse are some of the agro-waste products obtained from rice, wheat, maize, millet and sugarcane. Farmers usually burn these waste products after harvest, often leading to massive air pollution as experienced in Delhi during winters.

Pune: A new study has found that coating jowar, bajra, wheat and maize seeds with organic mixture derived from sugarcane residue increases the yield of these cereals.

City-based researchers Aparna Gunjal and Balu Kapadnis experimented with wheat, maize, jowar and bajra seeds. They discovered that the root and shoot length and rate of seed germination of these coated seeds showed marked improvement in comparison to normal seeds.

According to the National Policy for Management of Crop Residue (NPMCR), 70 per cent of the crop residue in the country comes from cereals. India produces 501.73 million tonnes of agriculture residue every year, of which 92.81 million tonnes is simply burned, finding no purpose in any form.

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The Indian Express, 25 August, 2020,

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