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Haiti considering ethanol production

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Haiti considering ethanol production

Postby KarenS » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:44 am

From the Jamaica Observer: "President-elect Rene Preval has announced plans to diversify Haiti's ailing sugar industry, including an initiative to refine sugar cane into clean-burning fuel with help from Brazil.

Preval, a 63-year-old agronomist, said using sugar cane to produce ethanol and bio-diesel could breathe new life into the struggling industry and help the poor Caribbean country cope with high energy prices.

'Everyone knows the price of oil is going up all over the world,' Preval said after touring a refurbished sugar refinery in rural Leogane, 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince, the capital.

The former president said plans were under way to boost Haiti's sugar cane cultivation for making ethanol, a fuel that can be used to power cars and generate electricity."

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