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Vegan leather from sugarcane: PETA sees potential in India's agri-waste

Animal rights group PETA India on Wednesday said India's position as a major global sugarcane producer offers significant opportunities for expanding the use of sugarcane-based vegan leather. The organisation highlighted that India's vast sugarcane production could be leveraged to effectively utilise sugarcane waste through technology developed by PA Footwear P Ltd, a company specialising in vegan leather alternatives. India, the world's second-largest sugar producer after Brazil, grows sugarcane in 55-60 million hectares area. "India is one of the largest producers of sugarcane globally, so PA Footwear P Ltd's technology presents a significant opportunity to utilise sugarcane waste effectively," PETA India said in a statement. PA Footwear P Ltd, in partnership with the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, has developed Vegan Virya, a leather alternative made primarily from sugarcane. The material has received "PETA-Approved Vegan" certification from PET

Vegan leather from sugarcane: PETA sees potential in India's agri-waste
Updated On : 10 Jul 2024 | 1:52 PM IST

Research, sharing practices crucial for high-yield sugarcane: Pralhad Joshi

Research and sharing of best practices among nations are crucial for high-yield, disease-resistant sugarcane varieties and innovative uses of the commodity, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday. The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution also said that sugar production is expected to be good this year depending upon the rains. He made the remarks at the 64th International Sugar Organisation (ISO) Council Meeting in the national capital. "Sharing best practices and fostering research collaboration across nations is vital. Let us work together to develop high-yielding, disease-resistant sugarcane varieties, explore innovative uses for sugarcane, and promote sustainable practices throughout the value chain," Joshi said. He said that advanced technologies across the sugar value chain should be increasingly adapted as they will be crucial for reducing waste and ensuring the sustainability of the industry. The nation is committed to actively collaborating wit

Research, sharing practices crucial for high-yield sugarcane: Pralhad Joshi
Updated On : 25 Jun 2024 | 1:33 PM IST

Lack of remunerative rates, policy changes tether ethanol blending

India's ambitious plans for an agri-derived ethanol-fuelled transport sector rest on the twin pillars of remunerative rates and agricultural yields

Lack of remunerative rates, policy changes tether ethanol blending
Updated On : 26 May 2024 | 10:47 PM IST

Sugarcane payments in Uttar Pradesh top Rs 30,000 crore for 2023-24

The 121 operating mills in UP, with a combined cane crushing capacity of 0.84 million tonnes (mt) crushed per day (TCD), have so far crushed 98 mt of the cash crop, producing 10.33 mt of sugar

Sugarcane payments in Uttar Pradesh top Rs 30,000 crore for 2023-24
Updated On : 03 May 2024 | 5:36 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh's sugar rush: Parties sweeten deal for cane growers

5 million sugarcane farmers on radar of contesting parties

Uttar Pradesh's sugar rush: Parties sweeten deal for cane growers
Updated On : 23 Apr 2024 | 7:58 PM IST

Work on to convert sugarcane belts into energy belts: PM Modi in Meerut

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his government is making efforts to make the sugarcane belts across the country into "energy belts," a reference to the use of ethanol as fuel. Addressing a poll rally here in the sugarcane belt of Uttar Pradesh, Modi said, "Friends, we don't want to limit the sugarcane crop to sugar and jaggery. We want to make every sugarcane belt of the country into an energy belt." The PM said that the amount of ethanol produced from sugarcane has gone up in the last 10 years. "Work is on to manufacture ethanol from sugarcane to be used as fuel for vehicles. Because of this, in the last ten years, around Rs 70,000 crore have been paid to sugarcane farmers," he said. Modi also hit out at the opposition governments for neglecting the sugarcane farmers and shortchanging former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, a prominent farmer leader. "The INDI Alliance that hates farmers did not give due respect to Chaudhary Charan Singh. When discussions w

Work on to convert sugarcane belts into energy belts: PM Modi in Meerut
Updated On : 31 Mar 2024 | 8:28 PM IST

India achieves 11.6% ethanol blend with petrol in first 4 months of 2023-24

ISMA has appointed Deepak Ballani as its new Director General

India achieves 11.6% ethanol blend with petrol in first 4 months of 2023-24
Updated On : 12 Mar 2024 | 8:37 PM IST

Sugarcane gives high returns; ISMA calls for task force to maximise gains

Techniques such as drip irrigation, water resource augmentation, and mechanised harvesting are vital

Sugarcane gives high returns; ISMA calls for task force to maximise gains
Updated On : 28 Feb 2024 | 11:01 PM IST

Farm community gives a mixed response to increase in FRP of sugarcane

The farm community in western Uttar Pradesh has given a mixed response to the government's decision to increase Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane to Rs 340 per quintal. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to hike the minimum price that mills have to pay to sugarcane growers by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal for the 2024-25 season starting October. This is the highest FRP for sugarcane announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government since coming to power in 2014. Dismayed over the decision, Baghpat District President of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) Pratap Singh Gurjar said the government has forgotten its own promise. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself promised to give MSP of Rs 450 per quintal to cane during a public rally in Meerut in 2014 elections," he claimed. "We (farmers) are also consumers. The government should also remember this. We also have to buy petrol, diesel, fertilizer, seeds etc. All these things are becoming expensive. MSP on sugarca

Farm community gives a mixed response to increase in FRP of sugarcane
Updated On : 22 Feb 2024 | 6:35 PM IST

Govt committed to fulfilling pledge for farmers' welfare: PM on cane hike

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined his government's commitment to fulfilling its pledge for the welfare of farmers, asserting that a "historic" hike in sugarcane's price is part of such efforts. This will benefit crores of sugarcane farmers, he said in a series of posts on X, highlighting several decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The Cabinet meeting headed by Modi hiked the minimum price that mills have to pay to sugarcane growers by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal for the 2024-25 season starting October. An official statement had said after the decision, "The new FRP will ensure prosperity of sugarcane farmers. It is noteworthy that India is already paying the highest price of sugarcane in the world and despite that the government is ensuring the world's cheapest sugar to domestic consumers." Reacting to other Cabinet decisions, he said the step taken by it relating to the National Livestock Mission will bring exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs

Govt committed to fulfilling pledge for farmers' welfare: PM on cane hike
Updated On : 22 Feb 2024 | 10:43 AM IST

Cabinet clears hike in sugarcane FRP by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal

The government on Wednesday announced hiking the sugarcane FRP by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal for the 2024-25 season starting October. Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) is the minimum price that mills have to pay to sugarcane growers. The decision to increase the FRP of sugarcane was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Rs 25 per quintal hike is the highest by the Modi government and the move comes ahead of the general elections. Sugarcane is grown mainly in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka. "Keeping in view interest of sugarcane farmers (GannaKisan), the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for sugar season 2024-25 (October - September) at Rs 340 per quintal for a basic recovery rate of 10.25 per cent," I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said at a media briefing. The FRP has been determined on the basis of recommendations of the ...

Cabinet clears hike in sugarcane FRP by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal
Updated On : 21 Feb 2024 | 10:59 PM IST

Uttarakhand govt raises sugarcane advised price to Rs 375, beats UP's rate

The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday declared the State Advised Price (SAP) of early and common variety of sugarcane for the current crushing season 2023-24 at Rs 375 and Rs 365 per quintal respectively. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. Compared to the previous crushing season 2022-23, the price of sugarcane has been increased by Rs 20 per quintal, Chief Secretary SS Sandhu told reporters at a media briefing after the cabinet meeting. The price of early variety sugarcane has been fixed at Rs 375 per quintal and Rs 365 per quintal for the normal variety, he added. The Uttar Pradesh government had also recently increased the price of sugarcane by Rs 20 per quintal compared to last year setting the state advised price of the early variety at Rs 370 per quintal. Therefore, the Uttarakhand government felt under pressure to declare higher sugarcane prices than neighbouring state. Apart from this, the state govern

Uttarakhand govt raises sugarcane advised price to Rs 375, beats UP's rate
Updated On : 24 Jan 2024 | 7:14 PM IST

UP raises state price for sugarcane by Rs 20 per quintal for 2023-24 season

4.5 mn farmers in the state are directly dependent on the crop; price raised ahead of national elections

UP raises state price for sugarcane by Rs 20 per quintal for 2023-24 season
Updated On : 18 Jan 2024 | 10:44 PM IST

Sugar output declines by 7% to 14.87 MT during Oct 1-Jan 15: Industry body

Maharashtra's sugar production fell to 5.1 million tons from 6.09 million tons, while Karnataka's production dropped 12.7% to 3.1 mn tons, the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories said

Sugar output declines by 7% to 14.87 MT during Oct 1-Jan 15: Industry body
Updated On : 17 Jan 2024 | 4:57 PM IST

Sugar firms seek court help against ban on use of cane juice for ethanol

The distillery in its petition to the Karnataka High Court said that as it produces only ethanol and not sugar from cane

Sugar firms seek court help against ban on use of cane juice for ethanol
Updated On : 09 Jan 2024 | 11:41 PM IST

OMCs hike procurement price of ethanol produced from maize by Rs 5.79/ltr

In sugarcane it is either through sugarcane juice or syrup, then B-heavy molasses and C-heavy molasses, while in grains it is mostly damaged foodgrains or maize

OMCs hike procurement price of ethanol produced from maize by Rs 5.79/ltr
Updated On : 04 Jan 2024 | 11:10 PM IST

Can grains, maize ethanol fill sugarcane juice void in blending programme?

The ethanol blending programme is now all set to get delayed by a few years, with the sugar situation not looking very encouraging for the next few years

Can grains, maize ethanol fill sugarcane juice void in blending programme?
Updated On : 22 Dec 2023 | 11:20 PM IST

Govt issues revised order to allow use of sugarcane juice to make ethanol

The food ministry has issued a fresh order reversing ban on the use of sugarcane juice for making ethanol and allowed utilisation of the juice as well as B-heavy molasses to produce the green fuel in the 2023-24 supply year. The revised order comes days after the Centre on December 7 banned use of sugarcane juice and sugar syrup for the 2023-24 supply year (November-October) in an order to ensure adequate sugar supply in the domestic market and check prices. In a directive issued to all sugar mills and distilleries, the ministry said the oil marketing companies (OMCs) will issue a "revised allocation" of "sugarcane juice and B heavy molasses-based ethanol" for the 2023-24 supply year to "each distillery". OMCs have been asked to inform the food ministry after placement of revised contracts. After receiving the revised allocation, sugar mills and distilleries have been asked to supply ethanol strictly as per the revised quantity of cane juice and B-heavy molasses. "No diversion of

Govt issues revised order to allow use of sugarcane juice to make ethanol
Updated On : 16 Dec 2023 | 12:40 PM IST

Discussed ban on ethanol from sugarcane juice with Gadkari: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday said he met with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss the Centre's ban on the use of sugarcane juice or syrup in the production of ethanol. Talking to reporters on the Vidhan Bhavan premises, Pawar said he met Gadkari on Sunday and discussed the ban. However, the issue needed to be addressed at the Central level, and he will meet Union Minister Amit Shah soon. Last week, the Centre announced a ban on the use of sugarcane juice and sugar syrup' for ethanol production in the 2023-24 supply year, which started this month, to maintain adequate sugar availability for domestic consumption and to keep prices under check. However, the government has allowed the use of 'B-molasses', a cane by-product, for ethanol production in 2023-24. "Since this issue is at the Central level, we will have to visit Delhi and meet Union Minister Amit Shah and the others concerned. And we will be meeting them soon," Pawar said. Ethanol, a colourless

Discussed ban on ethanol from sugarcane juice with Gadkari: Ajit Pawar
Updated On : 11 Dec 2023 | 1:53 PM IST

Ban on sugarcane juice won't affect ethanol blending targets: Officials

The latest government direction has come as negative news for sugar companies, with their stocks trading lower for the second day on Friday

Ban on sugarcane juice won't affect ethanol blending targets: Officials
Updated On : 08 Dec 2023 | 11:45 PM IST