Govt emphasises on developing flexi sugar factories

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Online Executive Development Programme organised by National Sugar Institute

A five days ‘Executive Development Programme’ organized online by National Sugar Institute, Kanpur, UP was virtually inaugurated by the Secretary, Food & Public Distribution, Sudhanshu Pandey recently.

The programme was attended by around 100 senior executives from Indian & overseas sugar industry. In his inaugural address, Secretary DoFPD, talked about the global sugar scenario and greater need for developing flexi sugar factories producing sugar & ethanol as per relative economics and market demand.

He stressed upon converting sugar factories into a hub of bio-energy and other value-added products including specialty sugars for being “Atmanirbhar”.

While complimenting the institute, he stressed for conducting more such online programmes for enriching the knowledge of working personnel so as to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable sugar industry.

Prof Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur in his lecture on “Strategic Planning & Optimization of Resources” suggested that looking to the sugar surplus and impact of Covid-19, the executives are required to follow the mantra of “Revisit, Reorient and Recreate” so as work out best business models in the present scenario. Safe food from “Farm to Fork” and production of “N-O-N” i.e. Natural, Organic and Nutritive sweeteners should be high on agenda for the sugar industry.

Prof Ross Broadfoot from Queensland University of Technology, Australia while giving an overview of the technological scenario in various sugar producing countries, emphasized upon adopting various technological advancements for ever-changing business requirements. While diversifications are important to reduce dependency on income from sugar, it is important to benchmark the efficiency parameters and draw SOPs so as to reduce the cost of production, he added.

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