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Govt allows use of cane juice, B-molasses to make ethanol; caps sugar diversion at 17 lakh tonnes in 2023-24

New Delhi, In a U-turn, the government on Friday reversed its decision to ban the use of sugarcane juice for making ethanol as it allowed utilisation of the juice as well as B-heavy molasses to produce the green fuel but capped the diversion of sugar at 17 lakh tonnes.

For now, the capping will be in place for the 2023-24 supply year that ends in October next year.

The latest decision comes a week after the government prohibited the use of sugarcane juice and sugar syrup for making ethanol, amid the industry seeking reversal of the decision.PTI