ISLAMABAD: Sugarcane crop will be cultivated over 1.181 million hectares during the current Kharif season (2022-23) in order to fulfil the domestic requirements of sugar as well as for exporting. Meanwhile, sugarcane production targets during the period under review were fixed at 78.588 million metric tons, said a senior official of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Talking to APP here on Wednesday, he said that about 760,000 hectares of land were set in Punjab to grow sugarcane during the current Kharif season in order to produce 52.5 million metric tons of sugarcane.
The crop would be cultivated over 310,000 hectares in Sindh to produce about 19.950 million metric tons of sugarcane, he said, adding that it would be cultivated over 110,000 hectares in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,000 hectares in Balochistan provinces respectively. The sugarcane output targets for the current season for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were fixed at 6.086 million tons and
52,000 tons in Balochistan respectively, he added.
He further informed that sugarcane was a tropical crop cultivated mainly in the Jhang, Faisalabad, Sargodha, and Toba Tek Singh districts of Punjab Province.
It is also grown in the areas of Hyderabad and Badin of Sindh and Charsadda and Mardan of KPK. It provides raw material to the second largest agro-based sugar industry, comprising 88 sugar mills all over the country, he said, adding that it provides employment to millions of rural farming and non-farming communities. In addition, it is a major source of livestock fodder during the winter season.