International Sugar Journal

Small-scale growers and contractors: Understanding the working relationship to improve the quality of sugarcane delivered [Full subscriber]

Abstract Small-scale sugarcane growers (SSGs) have significant challenges affecting their production, such as low yields, rising costs, and poor quality sugarcane. In most cases, SSGs rely on contractors for planting, ratoon management, harvesting, and haulage of sugarcane. Therefore, the relationship between the two parties is critical to ensure that quality sugarcane is delivered to the mill. The purpose of this research was to understand the dynamics of SSG contracting systems in certain mill areas, to highlight issues in contractor services, and to provide recommendations for solutions to challenges highlighted by growers and contractors. SSGs and contractor meetings were held in…

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