hankar Patil Munenakoppa, Minister for Handlooms, Textile, Sugar, and Cane Development, met with Union Minister for Textiles and Sugar Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.
He had a detailed discussion with the minister regarding the problems of sugarcane growers in the state with the minister and officials.
He also discussed the ethanol policy that the state government is planning to implement in the state. He also had a discussion regarding textile and handloom industries’ problems and projects.
Munenakoppa informed Goyal that the state government is committed to building a mega silk cluster in Mysuru, which will come up with the assistance of the Union government in its original form as decided earlier, and he requested the minister to release the grant as announced earlier, not to slash it.
The union minister responded positively to the request of Munenkoppa and assured him that the government would release the grant required for the first phase of work of the mega cluster. He also assured him that, if required, more grants would be provided for the project.
Munenakoppa is eager to implement the ethanol policy.
Munenakoppa said that the government will soon be bringing out a new ethanol policy. The state is the third biggest sugarcane grower in the country after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, but the sugarcane growers and the factories were experiencing losses. The ethanol policy would help the farmers and the sugar factories, he said.
The minister said that ethanol can be produced from sugarcane, maize, and paddy, and expert views were sought to chalk out the policy. He said the union government has suggested ethanol could be mixed up to 30 percent in petrol.
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