Pawar advises sugar industry to focus on ethanol, Auto News, ET Auto
Sangli:The sugar industry should diversify its production and focus on ethanol to remain economically viable, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar said on Saturday. He was addressing a rally in Sangli, western Maharashtra, where he welcomed local leader Shivajirao Naik into the fold of the NCP after the latter left the BJP.
“We can’t just have sugar production. We have to opt for ethanol production. It’s a good idea to set up a distillery in the sugar factories,” said the former agriculture minister of the country. ‘Union.
The Union government has also announced a policy to encourage ethanol production, Pawar added.
Ethanol, a by-product of sugar mills, can be blended into gasoline and has several industrial uses.
If sugar mills turn to ethanol production, they can meet farmer leader Raju Shetti’s demand that factories pay a one-time payment to cane growers, he added.
“In the case of sugar, it has to be stored for a year (before it is sold), and in the meantime the loan amount and the interest add to the charge. While the payment for the sale of ethanol can be recovered in two months,” Pawar said. noted.
Referring to the farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders which forced the Union government to abandon new farming laws, Pawar criticized those who called the protesters “Khalistani”.
The Sikh community contributed not only to agriculture but also to the armed forces and made great sacrifices during the freedom struggle, he said.
“If these people protest their claim and if anyone questions their loyalty to the country, the farmers of this country will not forgive them,” Pawar said.
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