February 22, 2024

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Allow use of maize for ethanol production, says CACP

The Commission for Agricultural Prices and Charges (CACP) has advised that the government permit use of maize for output of ethanol in the region, a transfer that could aid growers fetch improved rates.

In its price tag suggestions for Kharif 2020-21, CACP claimed big policy changes have been necessary for pricing, procurement and utilisation of maize in the region.

Use of maize for ethanol output will improve need and guarantee remunerative rates and better revenue for maize growers, CACP claimed and cited the illustration of the US, where by corn is the most intensely made use of feed stock for ethanol output. Additional than just one-3rd of corn is made use of to produce ethanol in the US, which has led to better revenue revenue for farmers, it claimed. CACP thinks that maize has a wonderful probable for crop diversification in rice-wheat cropping program parts of north-western plains, where by significant groundwater depletion has occurred. Nevertheless, maize has very low profitability, as opposed with competing crops such as rice, owing to very low and fluctuating rates and produce of maize, it claimed.

Value crash

Maize rates have crashed in the recent months just after the Coronavirus scare strike the intake of poultry products. Modal rates of maize are ruling at all-around ₹1,three hundred for each quintal across a variety of mandis, decrease than the minimal support price tag (MSP) of ₹1,760 for the 2019-twenty time.

CACP has proposed a five for each cent improve in MSP at ₹1,850 for the 2020-21 time. Poultry accounts for near to two-thirds of the maize developed in the region. Maize output is estimated at 28 million tonnes in 2019-twenty.

In actuality, the National Plan on Biofuels, 2018, has discovered corn between the probable feedstock for output of ethanol. Not too long ago, the government has authorized the diversion of surplus rice from FCI stocks for output of ethanol.

Further more, CACP claimed procurement of maize less than the Value Support Plan (PSS) is neither feasible nor fascinating as there is no confident system for liquidation of stocks procured by public organizations and drives out personal trade.

Consequently, the ‘Price Deficiency Payment Plan (PDPS)’ and ‘Private Procurement and Stockist Plan (PPSS)’ should be professional-actively promoted in big developing areas, it felt.

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