Centre says Sugar Mills earned Rs 94,000 from the sale of ethanol only

While giving a reply in the Lok Sabha, the Government held that as on November 2023, the ethanol production capacity in the country is about 1380 crore litres.

Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyot has said that in the past one decade, sugar mills of the country have earned revenues of more than Rs 94,000 crores from sale of ethanol. The minister held that this had has added to the bottom line of sugar mills.

While giving a reply in the Lok Sabha, the minister held that as on November 2023, the ethanol production capacity in the country is about 1380 crore litres. Out the total stock about 875 crore litres is molasses based and 505 crore litres is grain based.

The Government of India has been implementing Ethanol Blended with Petrol (EBP) Programme throughout the country wherein Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) sell petrol blended with ethanol. Under EBP Programme, Government has fixed the target of 20% blending of ethanol with petrol by 2025.

In order to achieve the target of 20% blending by 2025, about 1016 crore litres of ethanol is required and total requirement of ethanol including for other uses is 1350 crore litres. For this, about 1700 crore liters of ethanol producing capacity is required to be in place by 2025 considering plant operates at 80% efficiency.

Under the various ethanol interest subvention schemes, Government is facilitating entrepreneurs to set up new distilleries (molasses based, grain-based and dual-feed based) or expansion of existing distilleries (molasses based, grain-based and dual-feed based) throughout the country.

The minster also held that the installation of new ethanol distilleries/expansion of existing ethanol distilleries has brought investment opportunities worth over ₹ 40,000/- crore in urban as well as rural areas.

Due to effective Government policies, the supply of ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) has increased by more than 13 times to about 502 crore litres in Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) 2022-23 from 38 crore litres in ESY 2013-14. The blending percentage has also increased from 1.53% in ESY 2013-14 to targeted 12% in ESY 2022-23.

Through the sale of ethanol, the cash flows for sugar mills have improved resulting in prompt payment to cane farmers. Sugar mills have cleared 98.3% of cane dues of farmers in Sugar Season (SS) 2022-23 and 99.9% of cane dues in previous SS 2021-22.

Saving India’s Resources

Production of ethanol has led to proportionate reduction in the import of petrol or crude oil which has resulted in saving of foreign exchange for India. In 2022-23, with production of about 502 crore litres of ethanol, India has saved about ₹ 24,300 crores of foreign exchange and improved India’s energy security.

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