The prospects of extracting bio-diesel from the oil palm sludge will be explored at the proposed new oil palm factory at Apparaopeta in Dammapeta mandal, said Minister for Roads & Buildings T. Nageswara Rao.
He was speaking at a meeting held in connection with foundation stone laying ceremony in Apparaopeta late on Tuesday evening.
Earlier, Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy laid the foundation for the new oil palm factory in the village. The new factory, the second such facility to come up in the district, is expected to become operational in ten months, sources added.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nageswara Rao said the government has promptly released Rs 10 crore for construction of the second oil palm factory in the district with a futuristic perspective. The new unit will ensure improved processing facilities to the oil palm growers in Dammapeta mandal and elsewhere in the district.
Collector K Ilambarithi and others spoke.