Intercropping 

Intercropping is the practice of growing two or more crops in proximity. The most common goal of intercropping is to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by making effective use of resources without affecting the yield of the main crop. Onion crop is best suited for intercrop with paired row planting of sugar cane (Nov.-Dec. Planting) under drip irrigation system. Ridges and furrows of 90 cm distance need to be prepared for planting sugar cane. Sugarcane sets with the single bud need to be planted at 30 cm apart in the bottom of the ridges. After every two rows of sugar cane, flat bed of 180 cm need to be prepared for planting onion crops. Onion seedlings should be planted at time of sugarcane planting. Additional fertilizer nutrients required for onion crop need to be calculated and applied as per requirement. Onion crop can be harvested after 120 DAT(Days after transplanting). Sugarcane-onion intercropping system with drip irrigation saves 25-30% water.