September 12, 2018
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“Inculcate the habit of growing crops other than sugarcane because excessive production of sugar leads to more consumption of the commodity, which is a major cause of diabetes. Try sowing vegetables as well, as there is a huge market for these in Delhi. You are producing too much of sugarcane now,” said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Baghpat after the foundation stone laying ceremony for developing the 154-km Delhi-Saharanpur Highway on Tuesday, according to the Times of India newspaper.

Patting his government’s back in clearing sugarcane dues to the tune of INR260 billion (US$3.57 billion), the CM said, “We have paid INR260 billion to sugarcane farmers this year and the remaining INR100 billion will also be released soon by sugar mills. We have made adequate arrangements for the same.”

Union minister of transport and road highways Nitin Gadkari, who was also in Baghpat for the ceremony for the project, said, “The situation will change very fast for farmers of the region. More ethanol will be made from molasses and mixed with petrol. There will be ready demand for their produce and therefore farmers will earn more.” 

On ethanol mixing, Yogi said, “We will soon have this mechanism in place. But it might take two years. Ethanol will fetch you (farmers) good profits.”