Pune: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has urged the sugar industry to adopt Brazil’s dual model of producing sugar as well as ethanol depending on the demand of the market. He was addressing the 44th annual general body meeting of the Vasantdada Sugar Institute, Manjri, Pune.
Addressing the gathering through a virtual platform he said, the sugar mills should adopt the hybrid model existing in Brazil that will help them to produce ethanol as well as sugar depending on the demand and market needs.
“The sugar industry is facing financial problems due to excess sugar production and adopting Brazilian model would help in addressing the issue. This can help mills to produce sugar as per the market need maintaining demand-supply scenario. The mills can shift to ethanol and sugar production the ethanol production that would help them earn more and reduce financial burden of the mills,” he said.
Sugar mills in Brazil use technology that helps them to produce sugar as well as ethanol depending on the global market needs.
He also stated that the VSI should set up centres across the state and focus regional level research related to sugarcane.