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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has legalised production of light alcohol from selected agricultural items. Excise Minister MB Rajesh informed that Kerala small scale winery (for production of horti-wine from tropical fruits and agricultural products of Kerala) rules 2022 has been effective after imbibing amendments suggested by subject committee of the state legislative.
As per the new legislation, fruits like jackfruit, mango, banana and cashew can be used to produce low content alcohol. However, cereals cannot be used for the purpose.
The state government claims that the move will aid farmers earn more money from their agricultural produce. Rajesh pointed out the legislation will create more job opportunities.
Earlier during Kerala Budget 2022, the state government announced a proposal to produce diluted alcohol from ethanol extracted from fruits. Likewise, Rs 2 crore was allocated for the extraction of ethanol from tapioca.