Allow use of maize for ethanol production, says CACP

The Commission for Agricultural Expenses and Prices (CACP) has advised that the authorities let use…

The Commission for Agricultural Expenses and Prices (CACP) has advised that the authorities let use of maize for generation of ethanol in the place, a shift that could support growers fetch superior costs.

In its selling price tips for Kharif 2020-21, CACP stated significant plan changes ended up demanded for pricing, procurement and utilisation of maize in the place.

Use of maize for ethanol generation will increase need and be certain remunerative costs and increased profits for maize growers, CACP stated and cited the illustration of the US, where by corn is the most seriously made use of feed inventory for ethanol generation. Extra than one particular-third of corn is made use of to make ethanol in the US, which has led to increased profits profits for farmers, it stated. CACP thinks that maize has a terrific likely for crop diversification in rice-wheat cropping system regions of north-western plains, where by significant groundwater depletion has transpired. Even so, maize has minimal profitability, in comparison with competing crops this kind of as rice, because of to minimal and fluctuating costs and yield of maize, it stated.

Cost crash

Maize costs have crashed in the modern months soon after the Coronavirus scare strike the intake of poultry products. Modal costs of maize are ruling at all over ₹1,three hundred for each quintal across many mandis, decreased than the minimum amount assistance selling price (MSP) of ₹1,760 for the 2019-20 time.

CACP has advised a five for each cent increase in MSP at ₹1,850 for the 2020-21 time. Poultry accounts for near to two-thirds of the maize manufactured in the place. Maize generation is approximated at 28 million tonnes in 2019-20.

In fact, the Countrywide Plan on Biofuels, 2018, has discovered corn amongst the likely feedstock for generation of ethanol. Not too long ago, the authorities has allowed the diversion of surplus rice from FCI shares for generation of ethanol.

Additional, CACP stated procurement of maize underneath the Cost Assistance Plan (PSS) is neither feasible nor appealing as there is no assured mechanism for liquidation of shares procured by general public agencies and drives out personal trade.

For that reason, the ‘Price Deficiency Payment Plan (PDPS)’ and ‘Private Procurement and Stockist Plan (PPSS)’ should really be professional-actively promoted in significant creating areas, it felt.

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