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Cane Development

Cane Development


1. Land Preparation
Upon contracting a physical check and subsequet ploughing, harrpowing and furrowing is done to establish a good seedbed for the cane. These services are subcontracted for the purpose of building capacity for the locals by allowing them to invest, get employment and benefit from the whole cane production process through more channels other than the actual cane growing and ownership of the farms.
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2. Surveying
The surveyor then picks the developed area of land to assist in determining the inputs to be supplied to the respective plots
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3. Fertilizer Delivery
Fertilizer is delivered to the individual farmers by use of contracted transport firms who use lorries and their staff team up with security personnel and MSC staff
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4. Seedcane Harvesting
Upon confirmation of all other deliveries, seedcane is provided to the farmers again by use of contracted transport. This involves the cutting of the Seedcane form one farmer after approval form the company agronomists and transporting it to a centralized podition into the field intended to be planted.
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5. Seedcane Transport
Between the age of 10 and 15 months(for plant crop) and between 9 and 13 months (for ratoon), the cane if approved by agronomy can be harvested for Seedcane purposes. Otherwise it is allowed to mature to 18 months (for ratoon), 20 months (for plant crop) and then harvested for milling.
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6. Planting
Planting then takes places with majority of the farmers using family labour; onthers are grouoed together as either men or women from the same locality and work together in their respective plots while others contract groups of women to do the work
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7. Cane Growth
Cane is natured from germination to maturity by careful obervation and correction of the impending shortfalls at the slightest failure signs.
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8. Weed Control
Weeding follows with the number of times varying depending on the field condition. Plant cane usually attracts 4 times weeding while ratooned cane attracts 3 all of which are done within the first 8 months of cane growth. For the Nucleus estate, manual weeding is followed up with chemical spraying to suppress weed re-emergence
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9. Second Fertilizer application
Subsequent fertilizer applications are made to the crop after the 3rd weeding is done.
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10. Millcane Harvesting
Cutting is also another contracted service done by a group of cutters with the use of cane knives. They cut cane and stack it for convenience of loading for transport. The loading is done by means of a grabber either on a thress wheel or four wheeled tractor. The concept involves the transportaion of can differentiating the source plots to facilitate accountability of produce from each farmer. The transport means is a tractor with a basket that carries on average 6 to 6.5 tonnes of cane
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11. Transport
Haulage is done to the factory weigh bridge for the actual weight determination of the cane transported.
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12. Ratooning
Back in the field the cycle begins again depending on the yield, the cane can either be ratooned or ploughed-out for replanting.
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13. Supervising Transport
Fundamentally, supervision at all stages of cane development is mandatory with the basic machinery being a motobike or a 1300cc Suzuki vehicle. The fleet management section is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all the vehicles available are in working condition.
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