Authorities directs sugar mills to not use sugarcane juice for ethanol manufacturing | This is why



New Delhi: The Central authorities on Thursday issued a directive instructing sugar mills and distilleries to chorus from using sugarcane juice for ethanol manufacturing to be able to guarantee a enough provide of sweetener for home use and hold costs beneath verify.

However, the meals ministry, via a letter addressed to the Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all sugar mills and distilleries, affirmed that the availability of ethanol to grease advertising firms from B-heavy molasses will proceed.

Food Ministry letter to sugar mills

“In train of powers conferred beneath clause 4 & 5 of the Sugar (Control) Order 1966, it’s directed to all sugar mills and distilleries to not use sugarcane juice /sugar syrup for ethanol in ESY (ethanol provide 12 months) 2023-24 with quick impact.

“Supply of ethanol from existing offers received by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) from B-Heavy molasses will continue,” Food ministry mentioned within the letter.

Sugar output could stay subdued this 12 months

Due to below-average rainfall within the sugarcane-growing areas this 12 months, the sugar output is prone to stay subdued. The sugar commissionerate had earlier predicted that within the 2023-24 sugar manufacturing season, 1,022 lakh metric tonnes of sugarcane will probably be accessible for crushing and 103.58 lakh metric tonnes of sugar will probably be produced. 

Fifteen lakh metric tonnes of sugarcane could be diverted for ethanol manufacturing, it mentioned. The variety of days of the sugar manufacturing season may come down this 12 months amid lesser sugarcane manufacturing, the workplace predicted via a report.

(With PTI inputs)

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