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  • Maharashtra government to produce ethanol, CNG from cashew apple

    Dec 11th, 2018

    Amidst rising chorus for green fuel, the Maharashtra government has proposed to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) through cashew apple and cashew apple cake. Maharashtra's annual production of cashew seeds is of 2.5 lakh tonnes while it produces 22 lakh tonnes of cashew apple. A government official told DNA, "Cashew apple can be used to produce ethanol after fermentation and that can be used as auto fuel. Harish Kamble, promoter of Swami Samarth Cashew nuts industry, estimated that the state can produce nearly 4.5 lakh litre of ethanol from 22 lakh tonnes of cashew apple annually. Kamble said due to lack of processing facilities, cashew apple worth nearly Rs 450 crore is wasted annually.