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Corporate Farming



Farming Activities by JDW Sugar Mills Limited

Human resources, truly the backbone of industry today. Our people with prior knowledge, experience together with modern tools and machinery and distinctive agronomic strategies have helped us built highly efficient and eco-friendly farms with higher yields. Our unique farming techniques have also led to the capacity building of existing farmers thereby resulting in improved and reliable cane supply to JDW.

We at JDW believe in investing in our future by undertaking large scale research and development activities such as:-

  • Varietal screening and selection
  • Soil and water testing laboratory
  • Bio-laboratory facility
  • Transfer of technology
  • Application of GIS (Computerized Geographic Information System)
  • Application of precision agriculture methodologies

Automation and mechanization

Large scale farming operations cannot be managed effectively without mechanization. We have managed to acquire latest tractors and other farming equipment from local as well as foreign sources. In addition to that, we have rationalized farm layouts and combined the traditional farming techniques with newly acquired technologies to achieve maximum yield in the region. Few of our mechanized operations are given below:-

  • Using semi-mechanized planting techniques;
  • Fertilizing (2 and 3 row coulter applicators);
  • Magnum 340 HP tractors with GPS Scrappers for levelling;
  • Magnum 340 HP tractors with GPS enable Ecolotiger Cultivation;
  • Puma Tractor 140 HP with hydraulic tilting blade to make drains
  • CNH Tractor 140 HP for Zonal Ripper
  • Gypsum Spreaders
  • Inter row herbicide sprayer
  • High clearance tractor spraying
  • Granular pesticide applicator
  • Harvesting
  • Designing and manufacturing of stubble cultivator or bed degenerator to replace rotavater.
  • Well equipped workshop for high tech maintenance.

Precision agriculture

Precision agriculture (PA) is the act of managing different land variables using latest technology such as global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS) and yield mapping. Adoption of PA practices can improve the efficiency and profitability of farming operations to a great extent. Our engineering team under the supervision of foreign consultants are making full use of these techniques to achieve higher yield at lower costs.

Sustaining field operations by replacing rotary hoe with stumble cultivator

Desiging and fabrication of bed degenerator at site workshop is now ready to work in the fields. This will create revolution in term of time and energy saving in offset and seed bed operations. Replacement of rotary hoe will stop deterioration of soil structure which leads to improve soil by maintaining soil porosity, water holding capacity, soil drainage and reduction of surface sealing.

Crop varieties

Cultivating the right variety is imperative to sustainable and competitive farming. At JDW we have developed our own sugarcane varieties using conventional sugarcane breeding and selection processes. Parents with valuable traits are used for cross-pollination and are selected from our germplasm collection. This collection includes local selected varieties, clones from previous crosses and wild and foreign varieties.

Pest and diseases

Due to the inherent nature of sugarcane crop, pest and disease outbreaks like red rot, pokah, sugar cane pyrilla are a common feature. Also since the majority of our cane growing area lies along the Indus River there is a greater risk of presence of harmful weeds and herbs. JDW has established a separate bio-lab with a team of entomologists keeping check on the pest and disease situation and other factors common to sugarcane cultivation.

Irrigation

JDW has put greater emphasis on improving irrigation efficiency in the region. Over the years, irrigation using poor quality tube well water has led to serious soiled gradation resulting in loss of yield. At JDW, all ground water sources are constantly tested at the laboratory to ensure that suitable water is applied to crops. The farms are designed using latest laser levelling technology thus helping achieve improved irrigation efficiencies, reducing irrigation cost, and increasing yield potential.

Harvesting Operations

JDW has adopted the use of mechanical harvesters and prime mover cane transport systems for harvesting and transporting cane from farm to mill on timely basis. This saves a lot of harvesting and transportation costs and crucial cane nutrition. JDW currently operates 16 harvesters and has the capacity to mechanically harvest over 450,000/- tonnes of cane over 13,000/- acres per season.The mechanical harvest and transport system continues to evolve into a world class operation as efficiencies improve with new innovations, improved infrastructure and improved farm designs.

Cane production is affected by both harvesting and field issues which can impact on sugar quality and quantity. Both harvesting efficiency and crop presentation affect cane yield, cane quality and ratooning. Foreign consultants are working with JDW and have developed Harvesting Best Practice (HBP) guidelines to reduce cane loss, improve cane quality, and reduce stool damage. The HBP guidelines also focus on the impact that crop presentation has on harvesting efficiency. Information available covers topics such as farming for efficient harvesting; the effect of extractor fan speed on cane loss, crop yield, CCS, reduction in base cutter/chopper losses; and improvement in billet quality for planting.



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