Odisha Governor lays foundation stone for ethanol bio-refinery
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10 : Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal laid the foundation stone of the country's first 2G ethanol bio-refinery in Bargarh district on Wednesday.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, present on the occasion, said the refinery will be a harbinger of socio-economic development in Odisha.
"With production of 17-18 lakh metric tonne paddy at Bargarh, there is always an equal amount of straw production. Farmers hardly use 6-7 lakh metric tonnes as fodder for the cattle and other uses whereas they burn 10-12 lakh tonne that creates severe environmental hazards including production of carbon," he said.
Pradhan said the setting up of the bio-refinery will be a permanent solution to such problems along with economic development of the farmers.
The bio-refinery will utilise about two lakh tons of rice straw annually which will be sourced from nearby locations.