80th Annual Convocation of Indian Association of Sugar Technologists Concludes in Goa

80th Annual Convocation of Indian Association of Sugar Technologists

On July 28-29, 2022, the 80th Annual Convocation of Sugar Technologists Association of India was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Goa. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Utilities and Rural Development, commended the efforts of the sugar industry to advance Indian government policies, which resulted in the targeted blend of 10% ethanol in gasoline.

“We no longer only produce ‘Atmanirbhar’ sugar but also export it to other countries,” she explained. However, she added, “we need to work from farm to factory to improve productivity and ensure that benefits are distributed to all stakeholders,” she added.

Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary (Food and Public Distribution), Government of India, suggested that the Indian sugar industry should develop a product portfolio to capitalize on the potential of the entire sugarcane value chain. Many other value-added products can be made from by-products of the sugar industry, and the industry needs to work on new technologies to develop them in the future to generate more revenue streams and reduce dependence on sugar income. We need to develop a “self-sustainable” model to meet captive sugar needs while meeting ethanol requirements for a 20% blend, he said.

The Indian government is working on a plan for India @ 2047, a visionary plan to make India one of the world’s top three economies and move it closer to the status of a developed nation by the 100th anniversary of independence from the country. The plan will set specific targets for various economic sectors, including the sugar industry, for which a vision plan is needed, according to Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary (Food and Public Distribution).

Over 1,000 delegates from across the country and abroad attended the convention. The agreement also includes 78 companies involved in the manufacture and supply of machinery for sugar and ethanol factories, sugar cane harvesting equipment and technology suppliers. Given the importance of ethanol, a session was set aside to discuss ways and means to transform the Indian sugar industry into a bioenergy hub.

During the inaugural session, in his speech, the Chief Minister of Goa commended the Association of Sugar Technologists of India for organizing the convention in Goa which will inspire the sugar cane growers in the region and in the revival of the old sugar factory.

He praised the role of scientists in transforming the sugar industry to a greater extent and its current viability. Technology is going to be the solution to many problems and the sugar industry should have a forward-looking approach, he said.

Professor Narendra Mohan, Director of the National Sugar Institute, and Sanjay Awasthi, President of the Indian Association of Sugar Technologists, also spoke at the convention. Various awards including Industry Excellence Award, Noel Deerr Gold Medal, ISGEC Gold Medal, STAI Silver Medal and Pravaasi Bhartiya Award were also presented to companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Indian sugar sector.

First Published: July 29, 2022, 05:59 IST

Rachel J. Bradford