India plans to provide soft loans to grain-based distilleries to increase ethanol capacity


To boost ethanol production in the country, the government is considering extending subsidised loans to grain-based distilleries. Both the petroleum and food ministries are of the view that ethanol production cannot be dependent on a single feedstock of sugarcane, if the country has to achieve the target of 20 per cent ethanol blending with petrol […]

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Our View – World’s second-largest sugar producer’s ethanol programme has miles to go

India, the world’s second-largest sugar producer, has started inching ahead in a blending program for mixing ethanol with gasoline, after years of little progress. However, a tough battle lies ahead. Currently, the blending percentage in India is hovering around 5.1% and at this pace the final blending rate is expected to be around 5.25% during […]

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Delays in India’s sugarcane harvest likely to impact sugar prices globally


As coronavirus infections surge throughout the country, migrant workers needed for the harvest are scared to travel, leading to a crisis of sorts for sugarcane harvest. The potential delays in the harvest of its massive sugarcane crop is threatening global supply. India’s sugar harvest begins in October, when other major global producers are winding down […]

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COMMENT – Sucre Bleu! The bitter aftertaste of Indian sugar industry


It may well be called a problem of plenty! Sugar output in India, the world’s second-largest producer after Brazil, is expected to increase by 17.69 per cent to 32.01 million tonnes during the season beginning October 2020 on likely higher availability of sugarcane for crushing. However, the positive development has failed to amuse private sugar […]

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