Double sulphitation to raw/refined sugar will help the Indian sugar industry to capture export markets and meet bulk consumers requirement – Sanjay Awasthi


The Sugar Technologists’ Association of India (STAI) has organized its 77th Annual Convention and International Sugar Expo 2019 from 17-19 July 2019 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal.  This is the largest congregation of sugar fraternity taking place in the city of joy -Kolkata for the first time.

Nearly 750-800 delegates comprising of managers, technologists, engineers, agronomists, research scientists and technology developers from sugar and allied industries have participated in the Convention from India and overseas.  70 research papers on latest innovations will be presented by renowned technocarats in the area of sugarcane agriculture, factory engineering, factory processing, co-products.

In conjunction with the Convention, International Sugar Expo 2019 has also be organized where about 60 to 70 technology developers from India and abroad will show case their technologies and products relating to manufacture of raw / refined sugar, specialty chemicals, alcohol and fuel ethanol, biomass and/or biogas based cogeneration power plants, pollution control technologies, bio-manure etc.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sanjay Awasthi President, STAI said that at present the Indian Sugar Industry is in transformational stage with lot of opportunities and happenings coming to its way.  Today India has achieved the milestone of being the largest sugar producing country in the world surpassing Brazil.  However, to maintain its status as largest sugar producing country, the industry will have to change its process from double sulphitation to raw/refined sugar.  This will help the industry not only to capture export markets but also meet bulk consumers’/beverages requirement in the country as well”.

Mr. Awasthi further added that the game changer for the Indian Sugar Industry has been the Govt of India’s new Bio-Fuel Policy – 2018 which allows production of ethanol through B heavy molasses as well as with the direct sugarcane syrup for blending with petrol.  In near future this will not only make the industry sustainable but can also be an import substitute to crude oil.  The automobile industry is also enthusiastic about its prospects as TVS Motors is shortly going to launch its popular model Apache 200 fully run on ethanol”.

Distribution of Awards

STAI recognizes the contribution of eminent industry professionals towards the growth and development of the Indian sugar industry.  In order to encourage original research work and innovation in sugar allied industries, the Association conferred the following awards. This year’s awards were handed out by the Chief Guest during the inaugural session.

❖ Life Time Achievement Awards

❖ Industry Excellence Awards

❖ Isgec Gold Medal, Engineering for Excellence

❖ J.P. Mukherji Gold Medal, for Best Engineer of the Year

❖ Dr. Bansi Dhar Gold Medal, for Conservation of Energy

❖ Dr P J Manohar Rao Gold Medal for Excellence in Co-Products

❖ Noel Deer Gold Medal, for Research papers

❖ STAI Silver Medals, for Research papers

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