The center withdraws licenses from the sugar industry for the installation of new sugar factories

Center t encourages sugar factories to divert excess sugar cane to ethanol mixed with gasoline, a long-term measure to deal with the problem of excess sugar.

Sugar production in India

The Union government has withdrew licenses from the sugar industry encourage the establishment of new sugar factories in the country.

This was informed by the Minister of Consumption and Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal, during a response to supplements in Lok Sabha.

The minister said the government is encouraging sugar factories to divert excess sugar cane to ethanol mixed with gasoline, a long-term measure to deal with the problem of excess sugar.

Significance – This will not only serve as green fuel, but also save foreign currency due to the import of crude oil. About 21 lakh tonnes of surplus sugarcane were diverted to ethanol in 2020-21, according to ISMA.

Fund

The Union Minister informed the Lower House of Parliament that in the past three sugar seasons 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, around 22,000 rupee crore has been generated by sugar factories and distilleries through the sale of ethanol to petroleum marketing companies. .

He said that during the normal sugar season from October to September, sugar production in the country is around 320-330 metric tons lakh (LMT), compared to domestic consumption of 260 LMT. As a result, there is a lot of excess sugar production in the country.

Sugar production in India

• India’s sugar production is expected to remain stable at 310 lakh tonnes in fiscal year 2021-22, according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA)

• The total sugar cane coverage area is estimated to be around 54.55 lakh hectares in 2021-22, which is about 3 percent greater than the sugar cane coverage area of ​​around 52.88 lakh. hectares in 2020-2021.

• Total sugar production is estimated at around 344 lakh tonnes during the 2021-22 marketing year, excluding the diversion of cane juice and molasses into ethanol.

• Ethanol made from sugarcane juice should be around 230 liters crore.

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