Uttar Pradesh is largest supplier of ethanol in the country: Sugarcane Minister

Uttar Pradesh is leaving no stone unturned to boost ethanol production. With an aim to meet the Central Government’s target of 20 per cent ethanol blending by 2025, the state is adopting various measures.

State’s sugarcane minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhari has informed that Uttar Pradesh is the largest ethanol supplier in the country.

Sharing the information through the microblogging site Twitter, he said that the ethanol production in UP has increased from 43.2 crore litres in 2016-17 to 107.21 crore litres in 2020-21.

According to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, till the year 2014, in India, ethanol distillation capacity of molasses-based distilleries was only about 215 crore litres. However, in past 8 years due to the policy changes made by the Government, the capacity of molasses-based distilleries has been increased to 569 crore litres. Capacity of grain-based distilleries which was 206 crore litres in 2014 has increased to 298 crore litres. Thus, the total ethanol production capacities have increased from 421crore litres to 867 crore litres in just 8 years.

Recently, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, had also approved the Amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels -2018. It will help further to raise ethanol production.



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