Himachal Pradesh focuses on ethanol production

Una: An agriculture-based ethanol plant, with an investment of Rs 700 crore, will be set up in the Una district, reports Tribune India.

Agriculture and rural development minister Virendra Kanwar said at the district level Himachal Day celebration that the Indian Oil Corporation Limited has sanctioned an agriculture-based ethanol plant for the district and Rs 700 crore will be invested in the project.

Many states across the country are taking steps to boost ethanol production. Production of ethanol has increased from 173 crore litres in ESY 2019-20 to 302 crore litres during ESY 2020-21 (October 2020 to Sept 2021). Thus, Ethanol blending has increased by 62%, from 5% in ESY 2019-20 to 8.1% in ESY 2020-21. Production capacity of ethanol in the country has also increased to 825 crore litres as on 30.09.2021 which is sufficient to meet target of 10% ethanol blending in ESY 2021-22.


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