Indonesia has sought support of National Sugar Institute, Kanpur for taking its sugar industry forward. The matter was discussed through video-conferencing between Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur and Mr. Muhamad Mustangin, Director, Indonesian Sugar Research Institute today.
The Indonesian delegation desired to know the role of National Sugar Institute, Kanpur in growth and development of the Indian Sugar Industry. Our sugarcane and sugar productivities are much lower and to cope up our sugar requirements, we are importing sugar from Thailand and India, said Mr. Muhamad Mustangin, Director, Indonesian Sugar Research Institute. Since, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur has played a pivotal role for the development of Indian Sugar Industry, we would like to develop our institute on the similar model. We also look forward towards seeking support of National Sugar Institute, Kanpur in identifying the grey areas and modernization of Indonesian Sugar Industry so as to be self-sustainable. We also desire that National Sugar Institute, Kanpur may help us in conducting skill development programmes.
Assuring for co-operation Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute highlighted various activities of the institute and broad areas to work upon. Indonesia shall have to work on all fronts, farm and factory productivity, utilization of by-products, energy and water conservation. The sugarcane yield and sugar recovery in Indonesia is about 50-55 tonnes/hectare and about 8.5-9.0% respectively, which is about 30% lower in comparison to India. Indonesia is producing only about 2.5 million tonnes of sugar as against its domestic consumption of about 7.0 million tonnes. Thus, there is tremendous scope for improving the Indonesian Sugar Industry, said Prof. Mohan. There is acute shortage of specifically trained manpower in Indonesian Sugar Industry and thus National Sugar Institute, Kanpur can address the issue by conducting customized training programmes for in-service personnel, added Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur.
The two institutes agreed in principle for further co-operation and collaboration and for which a MoU shall be signed after seeking approval of the respective ministries.
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