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Sugarcane is an important industrial crop of India. Perhaps this could be the largest agroprocessing industry in India. This industry is mainly situated in rural India and has changed the face of rural India to a great extent in a real sense.The sugarcane is grown in India wherever irrigation facility is available. The sugarcane was previously used for Gur making which was the major form of consumption in day to day use for tea, sweets etc. Since the inception of sugar mills in 1930, sugar could be made popular in place of gur since it has a better shelflife and easiness in handling while making use.This crop was grown on area of 1176000 hac in 1930 which has gone up to 5114000 hac in 2018. There are about 525 sugar mills as on 2017–18 as against 29 in 1930–31 with average crushing capacity 644 t/day in 1940–41 to 4439 t/day in 2017–18 with sugar production 0.934 million tons in 1940–41 to 32.328 million tons in 2017–18 and recovery 8.96 in 1930–31 to 10.73 in 2017–18 and molasses production 3336000 tons in 1935–36 to 13980000 tons in 2017–18.
Vishwas K. Misal, received his M.Sc (Agri) degree from College of Agriculture, Nagpur in 1976. Since then he has worked with different agro-inputs companies of repute for almost 40 years. This has given him an opportunity to work in different categories of inputs from seeds to bioproducts in different crop segments in India.During the tenure he was involved in interacting with research institutes for knowing the requirement for better management practices in different crops and advocating to farmers as an Extension Advisor. While working with Bayer (India) Ltd., had an exposure for conducting trials with different Agri. Universities and Research Stations in Maharashtra. During the span of three years could generate the data thru different trials on Sugarcane crop at Sugarcane Research Station, Padegaon and subsequent multilocational trials at different Sugar Factories in Western Maharashtra. This data was instrumental in getting one sugarcane weedicides registered, so also some help for generating data for one fungicide and one insecticide.He has published some articles on agriculture in Agri. Magazines. He has delivered a lecture to foreign delegates of underdeveloped countries on liquid fertilizers prospects and future at CIB Faridabad.Worked as an consultant for Kemira Oy of Finland for conducting a survey on Water soluble solid fertilizers for Indian market and also worked for their fertilizers marketing in India. Associated for two years with an agronomist of Kemira from Scotland Mr. Paul Hodson, to make survey of water soluble solid fertilizers of Kemira in India and formulated strategies for product development, promotion & marketing.Exposure of working with Dr. Hapase, an renowned Sugarcane expert in India, as an associate for suggesting better management practices for sugarcane in increasing yield of sugarcane at different sugar factories in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. This has helped him to understand the sugarcane crop in a right perspective under the able guidance of the right mentor.Published a book on, "Bibliography on Insect pests, diseases and weeds of paddy" which was unveiled by the hands of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi, in 1976.Presently working as CEO of an AGRINNOVATION-Agri Consultant, an agri consulting outfit, providing consulting services for all disciplines of agriculture, with the help of group of associates in different agri related domains. Also looking after the Radicle Crop Technology, as an Founder Director. This was floated with a view to formulate technologies for better crop yields and better monetary realisation to farmers. Plans to formulate and share projects related to agriculture to investors interested.