Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has adviced farmers to grow other crops rather than sugarcane as it leads to diabetes. He was attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for developing the 154-km Delhi-Saharanpur Highway on Tuesday.
"Indulge in the habit of growing crops other than sugarcane. The excessive production of sugar leads to more consumption of the commodity and ultimately this leads to 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.
Heaping praise on the government for clearing sugarcane dues to the tune of Rs 26,000 crore, Yogi Adityanath said:
“We have paid Rs 26,000 crore to sugarcane farmers this year and the remaining Rs 10,000 crore will also be released soon by sugar mills. We have made adequate arrangements for the same.”
The highway passes through Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, an area considered as the major producer of Sugarcane. The Highway will be developed with an estimated cost of Rs 1,505 crore.
Earlier on Monday, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari presented the solution to bring down the skyrocketing prices of fuel. He urged the farmers to produce ethanol and use it as a replacement for petrol and diesel. Addressing a public gathering in Durg, the Nitin Gadkari said:
"We import fuel worth Rs. 8 lakh crore, Rupee value is falling vs Dollar. I have been saying since 15 years that farmers and tribals can make biofuel and fly aircraft. Our new technology can run vehicles on ethanol."
Nitin Gadkari also stated that Chhattisgarh has immense potential for production of bio-fuel. Highlighting the initiatives taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state, he said:
"Ethanol will be produced from wood products and segregated municipal waste. Diesel will be available at Rs.50 per litre and petrol alternative at Rs.55 per litre", Nitin Gadkari added.