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And now oil fuel from sorghum

india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 00:10 IST
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TECHNOCRATS AT the National Sugar Institute (NSI) have developed a method to produce oil fuel from sweet sorghum. The experiments in this direction have  yielded good results.

NSI director, Dr GK Shukla, told Hindustan Times that earlier the sweet sorghum was used for producing sugar but the properties of the sorghum were not technically fit for forming  good sugar crystals. Consequently, the idea to produce sugar from it was dropped .

During research process it was found that sorghum could produce better oil fuel in the country and would also help to bring down the oil import bill. He said at the NSI the  project of  taking out oil  from weed for auto-vehicles was on experimental basis. However, in other states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the project was started on commercial basis. According to information, some private entrepreneurs  had also proposed to opt for the technology of extracting  fuel oil from this weed there. But in Uttar Pradesh no such entrepreneurs had come forward so far, he added.

Dr Shukla said that  the oil extraction from the crop was in an advanced stage in Brazil where the government had allowed to mix 26 per cent  sorghum oil in diesel and petrol for smooth running of auto vehicles. However, in India the maximum limit of  mixing it with  other fuel was just 10 per cent he said.

Dr Shukla further said  that though the oil produced from sorghum would definitely curtail the import bill, but it required huge land for growing the weed or producing  oil on  large scale.

Many factory owners here who were impressed by the oil production through sorghum, could not take up the project for this reason.