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Corporate Farming



Farming Activities by JDW Sugar Mills Limited.

Human resource is undoubtedly the backbone of our industry business. With sound farming knowledge, distinctive agronomic strategies and modern machinery, our people help us building highly efficient and eco-friendly farms with higher yields. Our innovative farming techniques have also led us to build the capacity of existing farmers resulting in improved and reliable cane supply to JDW

JDW believes 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;
  • Hot water treatment facility;
  • Disease free seed screening program;
  • Transfer of technology;
  • Application of GIS (Computerized Geographic Information System);and
  • 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's 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 140 HP Tractor with hydraulic tilting blade to make drains;
  • CNH 140 HP Tractor for Zonal Ripper;
  • Gypsum Spreaders;
  • Inter row herbicide sprayers;
  • High clearance tractor spraying;
  • Granular pesticide applicator;
  • Harvesting;
  • Designing and manufacturing of stubble cultivator or bed degenerator to replace rotavater; and
  • 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. Under the supervision of foreign consultants, our engineering team is making full use of these techniques to achieve higher yield at lower costs.

Sustaining field operations by replacing rotary HOE with stumble cultivator

Designing 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. Local varieties are taken as parent material with sugarcane flower forcing. JDW got new seedling with local crosses to have better adoptive new cultivars. Further, selection is underway from local crossed seedlings.

Production of disease free seed for corporate farms and local growers.

Production of certified seed (Disease free seed playing vital role in sugar industry).

Recent tests revealed rationing stunting RSD and White leaf disease WLD is found common in commercial cultivars of the area. In this scenario seed certification is important to keep sustain cane production through these locally adopted cultivars.

Weed Management

Creeping weeds like morning glory and twine vine is going serious problem among farms. These weeds are introduced around flood areas around Indus river bank in 2010. A serious efforts of herbicide trials are underway to control and check the further spread of these weeds. JDW is making long and short-term strategy is now at final stage.

Hot Water Treatment (HWT) Facility

Hot water treatment is primarily required to ensure disease free seed for farms. Small portable HWT plant was setup in 2014 under crop improvement (R&D). New portable setup was imported and HWT started in 2016- 17. Fixed hot water treatment plants of bigger capacity has been constructed at JDW-I and DSML and started operations from Season 2017-18. Further, HWT at JDW-II has also started operations in Season 2019-20.

Irrigation

JDW has always emphasized on improving irrigation efficiency in the region. Over the years, irrigation using poor quality tube well water has led to serious soiled gradation that resulted in loss of yield. At JDW, all ground water sources are constantly tested in the laboratory to ensure that suitable water is supplied to crops. The farms are designed using latest laser levelling technology to ensure improved irrigation, at reduced costs and increasing yield potential. In recent times, addition of flow meters on irrigation sources started to quantify the efficiency of irrigation.

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 rationing. 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, Commercial Cane Sugar (CCS), reduction in base cutter / chopper losses; and improvement in billet quality for planting.



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