The National Sugar Institute (NSI) was established in 1936. It is involved in research, training, and advisory services to the sugar and allied industries. It functions under the Department of Food and Public Distribution of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. NSI is located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It also offers technical education and training in research in all branches of sugar chemistry, sugar technology, sugar engineering and allied fields. The institute also provides assistance to central and state governments in matters relating to sugar and allied industries. Recently, NSI organized an Executive Development Programme.
Executive Development Programme by NSI
National Sugar Institute organized an online five days ‘Executive Development Programme’. The Secretary, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Sudhanshu Pandey virtually inaugurated the same. 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. He also expressed that there is a greater need for developing Flexi sugar factories producing sugar & ethanol.
In fact, it is according to relative demands of economics and market across the country. He stressed upon converting sugar factories into a hub of bio-energy and other value-added products including speciality sugars for being “Atmanirbhar”. While complimenting the institute, he even stressed for conducting more such online programmes for enriching the knowledge of working personnel. The same is necessary to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable sugar industry.
Shri Subodh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Sugar & Administration), DoFPD also addressed the programme. He called upon the sugar factories to take up ethanol production by utilizing sugarcane juice, syrup and, heavy molasses etc. This can boost up ethanol availability as well.
It is for the Ethanol Blending Programme and balances sugar production-demand scenario. He said that against the ethanol blending target of 10%, we are still into 5% blending only. As the ethanol market is assured, its production can also help sugar factories in improving their financial conditions. It is in the larger interest of the nation being clean and green fuel, for attaining energy security and conserving foreign exchange. The foreign exchange is often required for import of crude oil, he added.
Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur focuses on “Strategic Planning & Optimization of Resources”. He 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”. This will help to work out the best business models in the present scenario. Safe food from “Farm to Fork” and production of “N-O-N” i.e. Natural, Organic. Therefore, Nutritive sweeteners should be high on the agenda for the sugar industry.
Prof. Ross Broadfoot from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, also gave an overview of the technological scenario in various sugar-producing countries. He emphasized upon adopting various technological advancements for ever-changing business requirements. Diversifications are undoubtedly important to reduce dependency on income from sugar. But it is also important to benchmark the efficiency parameters and draw SOPs so as to reduce the cost of production, he added.
The programme helped a lot of entrepreneurs, industrialists, and many individuals who are related to the sugar industries.
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