The sugar output in the country is more than the domestic requirement and the surplus product can be utilized for ethanol production as it can boost the income of sugarcane farmers, said Union Minister Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
He spoke during a stone laying programme of 33 national highway projects in Karnataka through virtual mode. Addressing the gathering virtually, he said, “The country is already over-producing sugar and rice, and sufficient stock are available with the government. The surplus may be converted to Ethanol, which can be used as an alternative fuel for vehicles. This will not only improve farmers’ income but will also be an indigenous source of fuels for the country.”