Sugarcane Farmer Sugarcane Planter

Sugarcane Cultivator

Minimum ? 5th standard pass

Certified training for Sugarcane Cultivator (programme aligned to AGR/Q0203 released by Agriculture Skill Council of India)

Prior experience in cash crop cultivation for one season

The tasks a Sugarcane Cultivator is expected to perform include: Obtaining appropriate equipment and tools necessary for sugarcane cultivation

Procuring seed material

Preparing the nursery

Cultivating sugarcane at farm level

Harvesting the produce

Marketing and selling the farm produce

Knowledge of tools and equipment used in sugarcane farming

Ability to select appropriate site for cultivation of sugarcane

Proficient in curbing weed in field crops

Skilled at preparing the land for sugarcane cultivation

Knowledge of propagation and transplantation

Skilled in the preparation and planting of setts

Familiar with macro and micro nutrient management of soil for sugarcane

Familiar with integrated insect, pest and disease management for field crops

Familiar with irrigation management for sugarcane

Knowledge of management of ratoon in sugarcane cultivation

Familiar with harvest and post harvest management

Skilled in basic farm management

Equipped to assimilate market information

Updatedwith the latest development in variety of sugarcane and knowledge of new equipment

Basic arithmetic skills

Extension training and Krishi Vigyan Kendra training

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent


Self-directed learner


Ability to negotiate

It is a field job

May or may not require supervising a team of other field Workers

Local (travelling is a part of this)job role

Part-time jobs may be available in some farms

Work from home is not available

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Overtime is common during the harvesting season

Being self-employed is also an option.

Shift system may be applicable as per the farm norms

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is (not listed as)hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals,

exposure to extreme weather conditions

Occupational hazards

exposure to considerable amount of dust and equipment noise

For daily wage workers`175 to `200 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Growth and Trends in the Indian Sugarcane Production

The Indian sugar industry is the second largest agro-based industry, next only to textiles, and contributes about `1650 crore to the central exchequer as excise duty and taxes annually.

Besides, the state governments release about `600 crore annually through purchase taxes, cess, etc. The sugar industry in India plays a vital role towards socio-economic development in the rural areas by mobilising rural resources and generating higher income and employment opportunities.

About 7.5% of the rural population, covering about 45 million sugarcane farmers, their dependents and a large number of agricultural labourers are involved in sugarcane cultivation, harvesting and ancillary activities.

About half a million skilled and unskilled workers, mostly from the rural areas are engaged in the sugar industry.1


Sugarcane farm owners Agriculture co-operative organization

The job openings aresmall towns and villages across the country

Sugarcane Breeding Institute

University of Agricultural Sciences

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, of Agricultural Development Trust

Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University

State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI),

Assam Agricultural University