Modi government for the first time fixed subsidy on potash made from the waste of sugar mills, know how it will benefit farmers

Amit Kumar Jha
Amit Kumar Jha 14/10/2021 16:44 IST
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Taking an important step, the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has decided that now subsidy will be given on potash made from the waste of sugar mills.

New Delhi.PM Modi is constantly putting the concept of Waste to Wealth in front of the country. In this episode, PM talks about four Rs. These are the four Rs. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose. Taking an important step, the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has decided that now subsidy will be given on potash made from the waste of sugar mills. Sources in the Ministry of Fertilizers claim that Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya made constant efforts for the last few days to do this and now his efforts have paid off.

Actually, after crushing sugarcane, two products are formed. Sugarcane juice turns into sugar on one side. On the other hand, ethanol is also produced from sugarcane juice. After the process of ethanol formation is completed, a thick red-colored liquid is formed. It is a kind of pollutant.No procedure for its safe disposal has been discovered so far. To deal with this problem, in the last three years, on the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a subsidy has been started on the disposal of this pollutant red matter.

Good news for sugarcane farmers In view of these problems related to this red thick pollutant, the new initiative of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is going to raise new hopes. Now the Modi government has decided that subsidy will also be given on potash being made through this liquid. This new potash made from molasses will be completely organic. Because, no chemicals are being used in its production, but it is produced from natural source sugarcane.

Cabinet approval chaired by PM ModiUnder the 25th grade in the NBS regime, potash made from molasses has been brought under the purview of subsidy. It is already included in the Fertilizers Control Order. This decision of the Modi government is expected to accelerate the production and use of potash made from molasses in the country.

Potash made frommolasseswill benefit sugarcane mills in such a way that sugarcane mills will also benefit from potash made from molasses. There are reports of the poor financial health of sugarcane mills from many states of the country, but the potash produced from molasses will generate additional income for these mills, which remains a pollutant for molasses mills and whose disposal remains a headache for them, that sugarcane. It will become a source of additional income for the mills.

The income of farmers will increase in such a way that when the income of sugarcane mills increases, it will also benefit the farmers. These mills will be able to buy sugarcane from farmers at a better price than before. Also, when the income of these mills increases, they will also be able to make timely payments to the farmers. The second benefit to the farmers would be that they would be able to get cheaper potash. This will reduce their cost in agriculture. This means that farmers will get economic benefits in two ways i.e. at the level of cost and at the level of better price of sugarcane. This will progress towards achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of doubling farmers' income.

Potash will be completely organic because it is made from natural sources. This will strengthen the efforts of the Modi government to increase the use of organic fertilizers in the country. Experts in the fertilizer sector believe that potash made from molasses will also ensure better soil health.

The cost of indigenous potash will be reduced in the country. Another advantage of potash made from molasses will be that it will reduce the import of potash. In the last five years, India has imported an average of 4 million tonnes of potash every year. Right now India is 100% dependent on imports for its potash requirements. Whereas, due to the increase in the production of indigenous potash made from molasses, the country's expenditure on the import of potash will be reduced. India will save foreign exchange. On the other hand, this will take the country a few steps further towards fulfilling Prime Minister Modi's dream of 'Self-reliant India'.

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