Demand to produce ethanol from closed sugar mills

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Kolhapur: Shamrao Desai, leader of Jaiv Indhan Kisan Sangh in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged that over 150 sugar factories closed in the country for various reasons, therefore the central government should take initiative to produce ethanol directly from sugarcane in such factories.

The price of ethanol increased since the BJP came into power. He said this step will help sugarcane farmers.

Recently, the Indian government increased the ethanol price from C heavy molasses from Rs.43.46 per litre to Rs.43.75 per litre, and the cost of ethanol from B heavy molasses hiked from Rs.52.43 per litre to Rs.54.27 per litre. Price of ethanol from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup route was fixed at 59.48 per litre.

Also, giving further benefits to farmers and sugar industry, the Central Government has declared that no separate environmental clearance is required to produce additional ethanol from B-heavy molasses as it does not contribute to the pollution load.

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