Sugar industry should focus on newer technologies, says Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey

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Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said that sugar industry should now look beyond its immediate blending target of 2025 and focus on newer technologies as the journey of ethanol blending has just started.

He was speaking at a webinar organised by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) on the topic of future of the sugar sector.
In the 2020-21 crushing season around 2 million tonne of sugar was diverted towards ethanol production which is expected to increase to 3.4 million tonne in the 2021-22 season, he said.

The central government with an aim to lower the expenditure on foreign exchange has set a target of blending 20 per cent ethanol with petrol by 2025. The roadmap for ethanol blending in India 2020-25 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 5 this year on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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