The Indian sugar industry should seek to develop a product portfolio to utilize the potential of the sugarcane value chain

The 80th Annual Convocation of Sugar Technologist’s Association of India was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa on 28-29 July 2022.

In his remarks, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Rural Development, praised the efforts made by the sugar industry to advance the policies of the Government of India which made it possible to achieve the 10-year objective. % blend of ethanol in gasoline. We are now not only “Atmanirbhar” in sugar, but we also export it to other countries, she said. However, we need to work from farm to factory to improve productivity and ensure that benefits are passed on to all stakeholders, she added.

Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary (Food and Public Distribution), Government of India, suggested that the Indian sugar industry should seek to develop a product portfolio to harness the potential of the whole sugar value chain. sugar cane. From the by-products of the sugar industry, many other value-added products can be made 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 revenues. We need to develop a “self-sustainable” model to ensure that sugar’s captive sugar needs are met and meet ethanol requirements for a 20% blend, he said.

The Indian government is working on a plan for India @ 2047, a visionary plan to make the country one of the world’s top three economies and closer to the status of a developed nation by the 100th year of its independence. The plan will set specific targets for different economic sectors and therefore the sugar industry has a role to play for which a vision plan needs to be developed, said Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary (Food and Public Distribution).

The convention brought together more than 1000 delegates from all over the country and from abroad as well. 78 companies involved in the manufacture and supply of sugar and ethanol plant machinery, sugarcane harvesting equipment and technology providers are also attending the convention. Regarding the importance of ethanol, one session was devoted to discussing ways and means to convert 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 for the revival of the old sugar factory. He praised the role of scientists in transforming the sugar industry to a greater extent and making it viable at present. Technology is going to be the solution to many problems and the sugar industry should have a forward-looking approach, he said.

The Convention was also delivered by Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director of the National Sugar Institute and Shri Sanjay Awasthi, President of the Sugar Technologist’s Association of India. Various prices to know. The 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 exemplary contribution to many ways to advance the Indian sugar industry.

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Rachel J. Bradford