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Satellite-based mapping for accurate cane production estimation in India [Registered]

India’s top rivals Brazil, Thailand and Australia can supply reliable data of their cane crop, but this is not the case with India. This is partly to do with the structure of the industry with some 50 million farmers growing cane on some 5 million hectares making data collection a cumbersome task. Uncertainty surrounding crop estimates is proving to be a growing problem for the Indian sugar industry, which plays a crucial role on world markets and which has helped fuel price volatility. Without accurate information about crop size, mills cannot plan cash flows and working capital to pay cane…

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