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UP: Cane cultivation on additional 60k hectares; Fuels Expansion of Sugar Mills and Ethanol Production

Rising Cane Cultivation in Uttar Pradesh Spurs Growth in Sugar Industry and Ethanol Production

BIJNOR: From 28.5 lakh hectares last year to 29.1 lakh hectares this year, cane cultivation area in Uttar Pradesh has registered an increase of 60k hectares.

As a result, a new sugarcane sugar mill has been set up in Noorpur which will start operations from crushing season 2023-24. Besides, crushing capacity of a dozen mills is being enhanced. According to officials, there are 119 mills and at least 50 lakhs sugarcane growers in UP.

According to officials, the previous years’ glut in the processed sugar market owing to over-production is no longer there as large-scale production of ethanol for vehicular fuel consumption compensates for that.

According to additional cane commissioner VK Shukla, “With better payment mechanism for farmer’s dues, farmers are increasingly turning towards this cash crop. Earlier, most mills would produce sugar from cane. But now, ethanol units are manufacturing ethanol too. In UP, a few mills are making ethanol directly from cane juice.”

Saharanpur’s deputy cane commissioner OP Singh said, “Uttar Pradesh is emerging as ethanol king in the country. Ethanol is blended with petrol. The number of ethanol producing units has increased in Uttar Pradesh in the past years. There are over 100 ethanol units and produced over 134 crore litres in crushing season 2022-2023, the highest in the country. Some units, including the one in Mirzapur, produce ethanol from cane juice.”

The above news was originally posted on news.google.com

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