Bihar to boost ethanol production through maize: Nitish Kumar
Source : Indian Express | 11 Dec, 2020 | 06:50 PM
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday said his government will look to boost the production of ethanol from maize, which is grown in 21 of the state’s 38 districts. He was speaking in Patna during the virtual inauguration of the new Koelwar bridge linking Patna and Ara.
Responding to a suggestion by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Nitish said a similar proposal he had presented to the UPA government during his first term was not approved. “We had approached the UPA government during my first term (2005-2010) but they did not respond. We are happy that the present government has warmed up to the idea,” said the Bihar Chief Minister.
Gadkari, the Union Minister for Transport and Highways, was virtually attending the bridge inauguration from New Delhi.
Earlier, Gadkari, who is also MSME Minister, said: “We need a lot of ethanol. Ethanol has the potential of being a Rs 2 lakh crore-industry in the country…I would request the Bihar CM to focus on ethanol production through maize. Our MSME department will support it.”
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