Reducing sugar production and diversifying agriculture into energy sectors: Nitin Gadkari
Calling the overproduction of sugar a problem for the economy, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stressed the need to diversify from the agricultural sector to the energy and power sectors.
The minister urged the industry to focus on alternative fuels using futuristic technologies.
The Minister said that while our requirement is 280 lakh tons of sugar this year, the production is over 360 lakh tons.
Gadkari stressed the need to divert production to ethanol as ethanol needs are very high.
“Last year’s capacity was 400 million liters of ethanol; we have taken many initiatives to increase ethanol production. Now is the time for the industry to plan for ethanol demand, using technologies such as electricity generators running on bioethanol,” said the union minister. said.
“While 65-70% of our population depends on agriculture, our agricultural growth rate is only 12-13%; the sugar cane industry and farmers are a growth engine for our industry And the next step should be cogeneration to increase sugar revenues,” he said.
“The industry should produce less sugar and produce more by-products. This change will allow farmers to become not only producers of food but also producers of energy,” he added.
The minister said the government has decided to launch flex motors in India with Bajaj, Hero and TVS already making flex motors and many car makers promising to launch their models on flex motors.