The Punjab farmers will get additional income soon as the construction work of Bio-ethanol plant started at Tarakhanavalla village, Bhatinda. Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the Rs 600 crore plant.
The bio-ethanol plant will not only check pollution from North India but it will also help farmers in increasing their income as the plant would run on stubble to be purchased from them by the plant managements.
It will be boon for Punjab farmers as they will be able to sell their paddy stubble. Earlier, they were forced to burn the stubble in their fields. The stubble burning is dangerous for environment and pollutes the air.
The waste stubble of farmers will produce extra income for them. The Bio-ethanol plant will convert the paddy stubble into ethanol. The produce of ethanol will increase the trade in the market. Moreover, the farmers will earn Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 per acre if they sell their paddy stubble to plant management.
According to the official information, the plant will consume around 400 tonnes of straw regularly to produce around 100 kilolitres of ethanol. The regular produce of the ethanol will help 30 per cent of ethanol requirement of the state.
Moreover, the Bio-ethanol project will also enhance the employment opportunities in the area. More than 1200 people will be recruited in the plant.
The Punjab government will also set up such plants in every district. It will not only reduce the pollution of straw burning but it will also help in generating employment. It’s a great task of the ruling Punjab government and centre towards the betterment of farmers.