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India’s flawed sugarcane reform

By Prerna Sharma Singh

11th September 2019

The government wants to pay farmers not to grow cane, but the plan is likely to backfire.

India’s sugar task force—entrusted to find long-term solutions to reduce the adverse impact of inefficient sugarcane cultivation on ground water and aligning India’s sugar industry with global markets—is likely to propose an incentive of INR14,820 per hectare a year for farmers to not grow cane in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Maha-rashtra. The aim...

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