Uttar Pradesh’s ethanol production hits 1.4 bn litres

23 March 2020

Uttar Pradesh sugar mills have ramped up total ethanol production of more than 1.4 billion litres (BL) per annum even as more capacities are in the pipeline. 

According to the state sugar industry and sugarcane development department, at least 25 sugar mills in UP had already started ethanol production from ‘b heavy’ molasses, thus providing the much-needed liquidity to the state sugar sector during the current times of sugar glut and price crash.

The state government has estimated that by 2021-22, about 60 sugar mills in UP would be producing ethanol from ‘b heavy’ molasses, while a few cooperative mills would also start the production of ethanol directly from sugarcane juice, which fetches even better prices.

The department said no sugar mill was producing ethanol from ‘b heavy’ molasses before the 2017-18 financial year and the feat could be achieved only under the present Yogi Adityanath government owing to its proactive stance.

Recently, chief minister Adityanath had said his government had successfully integrated the sugar sector with ethanol production for the accrual of sustainable benefit to the sugarcane farmers.

He said while the sugar mills during the previous regimes had either been sold or closed down, his government had revived the sector and was reopening the non-functional units for the benefit of local farmers and to boost the rural economy.

The sugar department said over the last three years of the regime, total sugarcane payments worth more than Rs 92,500 crore had been made to farmers since 2017, which included Rs 10,654 crore during the previous sugarcane crushing seasons.