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National Sugar Institute, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh virtually started a 5-day ‘Executive Development Programme’ on Monday. The programme is being attended by around 100 senior executives from Indian and overseas sugar industry.
Inaugurating the executive programme, Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution (DoFPD), Government of India, talked about the global sugar scenario and greater need for developing flexi sugar factories producing sugar and 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 speciality 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.
Addressing the virtual programme, Subodh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Sugar & Administration), DoFPD also called upon the sugar factories to take up ethanol production by utilising sugarcane juice, syrup and B heavy molasses among others to boost up ethanol availability for Ethanol Blending Programme and balance sugar production-demand scenario. He said that against the ethanol blending target of 10 percent we were still into 5 percent blending only and as ethanol market was assured, its production could help sugar factories in improving their financial conditions. “It was in the larger interest of the nation being clean and green fuel, for attaining energy security and conserving foreign exchange required for import of crude oil,” he added.
Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur in his address 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, emphasised 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,” Broadfoot added.
Dr. Vinay Sharma, Professor, IIT-Roorkee also delivered lecture on “Collaborative Leadership and Leadership Development”. “For higher productivity and conducive business environment it is important for every worker to take up ownership for the job he is assigned with,” he said.