Diversifying Agriculture into Energy and Power Sectors: Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI: In an effort to reduce dependence on the huge import of petroleum products, the Center has decided to launch flexible engines in India.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday that the country spends Rs. energy and electricity.

Addressing the National Cogeneration Awards 2022 congratulations program in Mumbai, Gadkari urged the industry of the critical need to focus on alternative fuels using futuristic technologies.

“While 65-70% of our population depends on agriculture, our agricultural growth rate is only 12-13%. The sugarcane industry and the farmers are a growth engine for our industry. The next step should be cogeneration to increase sugar revenues. .

“The industry should produce less sugar and generate more by-products, embracing the vision of futuristic technologies and using the power of leadership to convert knowledge into wealth. This will enable farmers to become not only producers of food, but also energy producers,” Gadkari said.

The Minister said that while our requirement is 280 lakh tons of sugar this year, the production is over 360 lakh tons.

“It could be used due to the situation in Brazil. However, we have to shift the production towards ethanol because the ethanol needs are very high. Last year’s capacity was 400 million liters of ethanol; we have taken many initiatives to increase ethanol production, now is the time for the industry to plan for ethanol demand using technologies such as bio-ethanol powered electricity generators,” said Gadkari.

The minister also told the industry that the government has decided to launch flexible motors in India.

“Bajaj, Hero and TVS are already making flex engines, many automakers have also promised to launch their models on flex engines,” he said.

“Even auto rickshaws can run on bioethanol; in the construction equipment industry too, alternative fuels can be used. Also, Germany has proven technology for running trains on bioethanol,” said Gadkari.

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