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Sugar Industries

Ethanol Blending of
Petrol in India : an aSSeSSment of raw material availability

Since 2018, India has moved rapidly and impressively with its ethanol production and fuel blending plan. From less than 2 billion litres in 2019-20, the country supplied about 4.1 billion litres of ethanol for fuel blending in 2021-22. This pulled up the average rate of blending in the country, from 5 percent in 2019-20 to about 9.5 percent in 2021-22. GOI has now advanced its target to achieve 20 percent ethanol blending (e20) from 2029-30 to 2025-26.
Shweta Saini, Pulkit Khatri and Siraj Hussain , May 2023
Sugar Industries

Food inflation below 6% but average Indian still hurting. What explains the disconnect

In March 2023, the annual retail food inflation in India went down to 4.79 per cent, and it was taken to be a sign of relief by many. If that was the case, then why does the average consumer continue to complain about high food prices?. Most Indians don’t understand this issue clearly.
Shweta Saini, and Siraj Hussain | The Print | April 25, 2023
Sugar Industries

Farm Loan Waivers in India:
Assessing Impact and Looking Ahead

Agriculture indebtedness is considered as one of the main reasons for the agrarian distress andfarm loan waivers are considered as the elebrated tool to alleviate this distress.
Shweta Saini, Siraj Hussain and Pulkit Khatri
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