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The Government’s announcement on the National Policy on Biofuels – 2018 in order to promote biofuels in the country has brought rays of hope for economic sustainability in the Indian Sugar Industry, where the industry can achieve improvement in the dynamics of demand and supply of sugar along with price parity by reducing sugar production by diverting sugarcane juice & intermediate molasses for ethanol production.
Recently the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), an arm of the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) has issued guidelines for safety measures to 87 distilleries for storage and supply of ethanol to oil firms.
Various bodies in the sugar industry are extending efforts to promote various schemes for boosting ethanol production amongst the fraternity of sugar through seminars and workshops. A two days’ workshop on “Ethanol Clean & Green Fuel for Sustainability of Sugar Industry” is being jointly organized for Chairmen, Directors, Managing Directors of Sugar mills, CEOs, Heads of Distilleries and knowledge seekers of the industry.
The workshop is being organized to provide an opportunity to learn about newer technologies, to enhance productivity with minimum consumption of utilities and also about economics of effluent treatment to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge.
In a conversation with ChiniMandi.com, Mr.Narendra Mohan – Director of National Sugar Institute shared his views on this upcoming event saying, “The importance of Ethanol has now been realized by the sugar industry to enhance its revenue pot and move towards economic sustainability. The sugar industry will always remain miles away from the crisis if the biofuel policy is adopted and implemented. With many more distilleries coming up, issues with respect to the availability of raw material are bound to arise in the future. There is a lot to discuss on alternative feedstocks including B Heavy molasses, cane juice diversion and also on statutory requirements.”
“Keeping this in view, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur jointly with Bharatiya Sugar is organizing this two days training programme in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, on 3rd and 4th May 2019.” He added