Sugar industry demands separate policy for ethanol; The state government is positive to help in the purchase of sugarcane cutting machine IG News

Suhas Sardeshmukh, Loksatta

Aurangabad : Two demands have been made to the ministerial sub-committee of the state government, if this industry, which is the third largest in the world in the sugar industry, is to be taken to a new height, the state should have an independent policy of ‘ethanol’ and also give a subsidy of 35 to 40 lakh rupees for the sugarcane machine. President of the National Sugar Federation Jaiprakash Dandegaonkar said that six different demands have been made to the state government for the state to take the next step in the ethanol, CNG and energy sectors and the state government has demanded a subsidy of Rs 6 per liter for ethanol production. Meanwhile, Cooperation Minister Atul Save said that the state government’s mindset is not for ethanol, but for sugarcane harvesting.

It is estimated that 138 lakh tonnes of sugar will be produced in the state this time. Of that, only 45 lakh tons of sugar is needed by the country. The remaining sugar or by-products need attention now. It was recommended in the meeting before the start of the galap season that the state government should take a step forward in this regard and there is a need for policy changes. The state’s share in ethanol production in the country has now reached 35 percent and it is likely to produce 325 crore liters of ethanol in the coming season. However, it has been demanded that the state government should increase capital investment in ethanol production. Dandegaonkar said that six percent interest is refunded on the loan taken from the central government for the storage tank for ethanol production, on the same lines, the state government has also demanded three percent interest refund.

In order to make the sugarcane season smooth, the number of sugarcane cutting machines has to be increased. At present, there are 854 machines in the state. Since the cost of one machine is 1 crore 25 lakh rupees, it has been demanded that subsidy should be given for the cutting machine. It has been informed to the sub-committee of ministers of the state government that if a grant of Rs 35 to 40 lakh is received, the problem of the number of laborers felt after March and April can be solved. Speaking in this regard, Cooperative Minister Atul Save said that the central government has increased the rates for ethanol production. Cooperation Minister Atul Save said that in the coming time, an easy loan should be provided for the sugarcane cutting machine and whether any help can be provided.

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