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An Economic Insight into the Production of Sweet Soprghum and Ethanol in Western Tamil Nadu

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C. Sekhar ,

Directorate of CARDS, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, IN
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S.R. Rajesh,

Directorate of CARDS, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, IN
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K. Uma,

Directorate of CARDS, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, IN
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N. Venkatesa Palanisamy,

Directorate of CARDS, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, IN
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M. Santhan

Bennari Amman Sugars Ltd, Sathyamangalam, IN
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Abstract

The study is an attempt to identify the economic feasibility of production of sweet sorghum and ethanol. The buy back mechanism is prevalent between Messrs Bannari Amman Sugars Limited and the farmers of Sathyamangalam Taluk. The study has identified the land use pattern in vogue with the farmers revealed that as the size of holding increases, the area allocated for sweet sorghum is also increases. The cost structure in respect of A1, B and C involved in establishment of sweet sorghum are also discussed. Among various cost components, human labor, fertilizers and manure consumed to a level of around 60 per cent. The cost of production of ethanol from sweet sorghum is little higher than the one drawn from molasses. As age of the sweet sorghum advances, the juice weight obtained from a ton of stalk is decreasing. Hence, optimum age of harvesting is very important. The optimum age of harvesting of sweet sorghum for higher volume of ethanol production and higher yield of stalk are also discussed.

AGRIEAST 2009 (8) p.39-50 

How to Cite: Sekhar, C. et al., (2016). An Economic Insight into the Production of Sweet Soprghum and Ethanol in Western Tamil Nadu. AGRIEAST: Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 8, pp.39–50. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/agrieast.v8i0.10
Published on 02 Jan 2016.
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