Sugar is the end product of sugar cane and one of the most essential components used to enhance the flavor of food and beverages. Aside from sugar, sugarcane by-products/derivatives such as molasses (molasses) and bagasse (bagasse) are currently limited as animal feed, fertilizer raw materials, pulp, and other products with little economic value. Even though sugar has a higher economic value than other sugar cane products, Indonesia’s sugar production is insufficient to meet the country’s needs. One of the causes is weed growth in sugarcane fields due to a lack of maintenance on sugarcane plants.
What We Do
Weeds that grow between sugarcane rows are severe problems. It can produce infertile soil and impair productivity. Weeds in sugarcane fields can also reduce sugarcane weight by 22-52% (depends on the land used). As a result, proper weed control is required to ensure that sugarcane plants do not have to compete for nutrients. Pandawa Agri Indonesia observes that chemical weed control in sugarcane fields still uses pesticides with active ingredients that can cause side effects for users and the environment. Therefore Pandawa Agri Indonesia is trying to enter the sugar cane plantation industry to introduce sustainable agriculture using pesticide reductants. In addition to sugar, research reveals that bagasse potential to be developed as a renewable energy source (biogasoline), and Bonsucro certification is required to produce and sell this biofuel. This accreditation assures that sugarcane production and supply chains fulfill long-term social and environmental standards. Currently, in Indonesia, only four companies have Bensucro certification. With this potential, Pandawa Agri Indonesia is even more excited to help create sustainable agriculture in the sugar cane industry through pesticide reductants.