Indian Farmers Improvising Diesel Substitutes

Indian Farmers Improvising Diesel Substitutes
Surging diesel prices may be squeezing farmers across India’s vast hinterlands, but they’re also kindling the nation’s knack for improvisation.

A lack of supply of LPG -- commonly used for cooking in India and sometimes subsidized by the government -- may also limit the extent to which it can be used to replace diesel. India imports more than half of its LPG needs.

“Where do you get the LPG for use in the pumps?” Ramakumar said. “Everything has its pros and cons,” he said, adding that there are also other cheaper options such as CNG and blending ethanol into fuels.

--With assistance from Pratik Parija.

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