Surplus Rice To Be Used To Make Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers
The excessive rice crop in India this year, anticipated to be the biggest harvest in the last five years, will be diverted to manufacture ethanol, which in turn will be used in the processing of sanitisers. The central government on Monday decided to convert “surplus rice” available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) into ethanol for use in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers.
Source: PTI| 20 Apr, 2020 | 10:44 PM | Edited By: Sugar Times Team
New Delhi, Apr 20 : The Centre held meeting of National Biofuel Coordination Committee on Monday under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that it will convert the surplus rice into ethanol to make alcohol-based hand-sanitizers. wherein it was approved that the surplus rice available with Food Corporation of India (FCI) may be converted to ethanol for utilization in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and in blending for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme.
According to government estimates, rice production in India is all set to be to the tune of 117 million-hectare tonnes for 2020-21, with an estimated yield of 4 tonne per hectare. The state of Telangana recently reported a paddy cultivation of almost four million acres during the ongoing season, translating into a yield of 10 million (one crore) tonnes, as per state authorities.
“According to National Policy on Biofuels, 2018 under Para 5.3 inter-alia envisages that during an agriculture crop year when there is projected oversupply of food grains as anticipated by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the policy will allow conversion of these surplus quantities of food grains to ethanol, based on the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC),” the order by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas read.
It said it was decided in a meeting of NBCC held on Monday under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, wherein it was approved that the surplus rice available with Food Corporation of India (FCI) may be converted to ethanol for utilization in making alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and in blending for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme.
According to an official data, the government has a total of 58.49 million tonne of foodgrains in the FCI godowns.
Out of this, rice is 30.97 million tonnes and wheat 27.52 million tonnes.
The foodgrains stock is much higher than the required norm of maintaining a reserve of about 21 million tonnes as on April 1
The demand for sanitisers is all set to witness a spike in the coming days as the government aims to withdraw the lockdown restrictions in phases, which will create demand of masks and sanitisers among others.
As of April 20, India recorded 17,656 coronavirus infections, which included 559 deaths.