UP Polls: Sugarcane belt will vote in whose favour? 4 more crucial phases to go
With 4 more phases to go for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the focus is now on the sugarcane belt of the state. While sugarcane is grown in most parts of the state, 27 districts reported an area more than 20,000 hectares under sugarcane during 2018-19. This sprawling sugar belt elects roughly 150 members to the 403-member state Assembly. About 40 lakh families are engaged in sugarcane farming in the state. Watch this video and find out why the next government in Lucknow should work at making sugarcane part of a ‘circular economy’. For farmers, ganna is both a cash and fodder crop. For mills, it is an energy crop producing sugar, ethanol and power.