India to utilise excess sugarcane output for ethanol; OMCs given a target for 10% ethanol-blended petrol by 2022

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Among the various measures to improve viability of sugar industry, the government of India has decided to increase production of ethanol. Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have been further instructed to increase the usage of ethanol blending with petrol. A meeting co-chaired by Secretary (Food & Public Distribution), Secretary, Ministry of petroleum and natural gas (MoPNG) […]

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India’s sugar production likely to go up 12% to 30.5 million tonnes in Sugar Year 2021: ICRA

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The domestic sugar production is likely to go up by 12 per cent to 30.5 million tonnes during the sugar year 2021, beginning October, due to availability of sugarcane in Maharashtra and Karnataka, according to an ICRA report. This forecast is after adjusting for the impact of the diversion of B-heavy molasses and sugarcane juice […]

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ISMA revises sugar output this season marginally upwards to 27 million tonnes

Sugar production in the current sugar season (October 2019-September 2020) has been revised upwards to 27 million tonne (MT) compared with 26.5 million tonne projected at the beginning of the season, the Indian Sugar Mills’ Association (ISMA) said. ISMA had at the beginning of this season estimated a production of 26.5 MT for the current season. However, the gur and khandsari […]

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Uttar Pradesh ramps up its ethanol producing capacity to 1.4 billion litres per annum; more in the pipeline

Uttar Pradesh sugar mills have increased their ethanol production capacity to more than 1.4 billion litres (BL) per annum. More capacities are in the pipeline, reports Business Standard. 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 […]

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Only 37 sugar mills get bank loans for ethanol production

A review meeting organised by the Standing Committee for Monitoring and Expediting Ethanol Production & Capacity has revealed that banks have disbursed loans to barely 37 mills for addition and expansion of distillery capacity for ethanol production, Financial Express reports. Originally, the Centre had received 417 applications from sugar mills across the country for ethanol […]

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Sugar output falls 35% to 4.58 million tonnes till Dec 15: ISMA

India’s sugar production stood at 4.58 million tonnes till December 15 of the ongoing marketing year, down 35% from the year-ago period, owing to sharp fall in output in Maharashtra and Karnataka, industry body ISMA said. Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. Mills had manufactured 7.05 million tonnes of sugar in the same […]

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Downward revision in the sugar production to support the domestic sugar prices in the near term: ICRA

Domestic sugar production estimates for sugar year SY2020 are revised downwards by 7.8% to 26 million tonnes from the earlier preliminary estimate of 28.2 million tonnes (given by ISMA in July 2019). This along with the expected exports of 3.5 million tonnes (as against the government’s target of 6 million tonnes) in SY2020 is likely […]

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UP state government hikes molasses quota for country liquor to 18%; setback to sugar mills

The Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has hiked the reserved quota of molasses for country liquor makers to 18 per cent from the existing 16 per cent. The previous hike in the reserved quota was effected recently early September this year, from 12.5 per cent to 16. The additional 2 per cent hike thus amounts to a […]

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