Updated on 19 February 2014
Further, Mr Monnappa explained that the concluding panel discussion would present the crux of the program. "The panel discussion will revolve around suggestions for new initiatives and policy changes that are required on the national level. The novel initiatives that would help the country scale up on the global level will be summed up."
Claiming that every policy worth its salt should be valued once in 4-5 years, Mr Divakar Rao, Vision Group on Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka said that if this is not done, policies remain merely on paper.
"There is a need to take a second look at the policy. New components need to be added. We are looking at certain replicable models. Karnataka's board strives to take forward the biofuel movement in the state with a farmer-centric, multi-species approach which is supported by a well thought out infrastructure designed to support all stages of the value chain of biofuels," he said.
Further explaining, "In the meeting of the reconstituted MNRE Working Group on biofuels held in New Delhi in January 2014, it was aptly decided that a national conference could be an excellent platform to deliberate on these points, and come out with ideas on new initiatives and policy changes required. Karnataka was chosen to plan and host the conference."
The conference will put together the experiences of different states in the biofuel sector. An evaluation of the progress achieved and problems faced by some of the prominent states will be discussed. Further, a discussion on achieving critical volumes in Biomass production would be held. An important aspect that is relevant in achieving the desired volumes and quality in biofuel production in a viable and sustainable manner would be discussed in the ‘Managing biofuel value chain' part of the conference.