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Sugarcane-ethanol policy: Solution will be found after April, Gadkari assures sugar industry at VSI Conference 2024

India will one day become an exporter of energy and there was a need to develop agriculture for this to happen, Gadkari said

Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday assured sugar mill owners that a solution to their problems owing to the government’s policy on the use of sugar for ethanol production will be found after April, and they should not worry. India will one day become an exporter of energy and there was a need to develop agriculture for this to happen, he said, speaking at the International Sugarcane Conference organized by the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune. The institute is headed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

The Union government last year banned the use of sugarcane juice for making ethanol, but later reversed the decision by allowing the use of sugarcane juice as well as B-heavy molasses to produce the green fuel but capped the diversion of sugar at 17 lakh tonnes. Gadkari said the sugar industry should give more importance to ethanol production.

“Maximum ethanol, minimum sugar. With ethanol, we need to promote flex engine vehicles and at the same time, the government will take appropriate steps as far as ethanol is concerned….I know what problems you are facing. I do not want to make any comments, but this (apparently referring to restrictions on the use of sugarcane for ethanol production) is a temporary thing. This is a phase. After April, we will find a way. I am confident, I have already discussed it with the prime minister and other ministers, so do not worry,” he said.”As a promoter of ethanol in the country, I know the problems you are facing, I understand the concerns, and I promise that I will find a way out,” the senior minister added.

He also mentioned that Indian Oil Corp, the country’s top refiner, will open 300 ethanol fuel stations.
“My demand of opening of ethanol pumps is accepted by the petroleum minister,” Gadkari said on the sidelines of a sugar conference in the western city of Pune.

The future of the sugar industry was very good with its allied products, Gadkari said.

“Indian Oil has taken a decision to start 300 ethanol pumps in the country.”
India, the world’s third-biggest oil importer and consumer, is keen to cut its carbon footprint to meet its 2070 net-zero carbon goal.
India’s trade department has backed lowering taxes on hybrid vehicles to help the transition to cleaner energy sources, following demands by Japanese carmakers, Reuters has reported.

Source: PTI

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