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The right blend

The present biofuel policy is invitation to ecological disaster

ethanol blending programme | ethanol production | Ethanol prices

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

Given the huge gap in the availability and requirement of ethanol for blending with petrol, the need to step up its production is indisputable. But the same cannot be said about some of the measures mooted by the government to achieve this objective. The most debatable among these is the permission granted to ethanol manufacturers — mostly sugar mills that produce it from their byproduct molasses — to convert juice directly into and also use surplus sugar and foodgrains, such as wheat, rice and corn, for this purpose. Going a step further, the government has chosen to incentivise the use of these questionable raw materials by fixing relatively higher prices for the ethanol produced from them.



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First Published: Thu, November 28 2019. 02:33 IST