SEIA 2024: NFCSF bags award for best contribution to the country’s co-operative sugar sector

In a grand ceremony held at Andaz by Hyatt, New Delhi, on 1st February 2024, the Sugar and Ethanol International Awards (SEIA) 2024 brought together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to celebrate outstanding achievements in the sugar, ethanol, and allied industries. The awards ceremony, a key highlight of the 3rd edition of the ‘Sugar & Ethanol India Conference- SEIC 2024,’ (held from 1st February to 2nd February 2024), aimed to acknowledge and commend exceptional contributions that have propelled the growth and development of the sugar, ethanol and allied sector.

Best Contribution to the country’s co-operative sugar Sector: National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd., Delhi

A notable recipient of the best contribution to the country’s co-operative sugar sector was National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) Ltd., Delhi. NFCSF Ltd. represents 259 cooperative sugar mills and 9 state cooperative sugar federations in India, collectively serving over 52 Lakh small and marginal cane-growing farmers. Contributing 31% to the country’s sugar production, it disburses over Rs. 36,000 crores annually to farmers. NFCSF advocates, educates, and supports members, emphasizing research and development. As an accredited representative in policy forums, it addresses issues at the governmental level, offers consultancy, promotes modernization, and facilitates projects in ethanol, co-generation, and more. Additionally, NFCSF addresses challenges like MSP alignment, flexible cane payment, cooperative lending norms, and timely project clearances while promoting industry efficiency through awards.

Bollywood actress- Bhagyashree Patwardhan, presented an award to the Prakash Naiknavare, Managing Director of NFCSF for distinguished service and support to the co-operative sugar Sector.

At the award distribution ceremony, notable figures from the sugar industry nationwide were in attendance, including Uppal Shah, the founder and CEO of Chinimandi, Hemant Shah (Co-founder of Chinimandi), Jitu Shah, founder of J.K. Group, Sanjay Awasthi (Chairman, Council and Executive Committee of ISSCT and President, The Sugar Technologists Association of India), Atul Chaturvedi (Executive Chairman, Shree Renuka Sugars Limited), Murugesh Nirani, Founder, Chairman MRN (Nirani) Group, Amit Agrawal (Vice Chairman, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Limited), Suresh Agarwal (Chairman, Rika Global Impex Limited), Prasad Ghawate (Co-founder and Director at Rajganga Biorefineries), Sanjay Khatal, Managing Director of Maharashtra State Co-operative Sugar Factories Federation (MSCSF), and Husain Gangardiwala (Director, Chinimandi), among others.

The SEIA 2024 Awards Ceremony was nothing short of spectacular, showcasing the commitment, innovation, and resilience displayed by professionals and organizations in the sugar and ethanol industries. The event provided a platform to recognize and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and lasting impacts made by individuals and organizations across various categories.

The awards were distributed across 28 categories, reflecting the diverse and multifaceted nature of the sugar, ethanol, and allied industries. From recognizing Sugarcane Producers (Farmers) to acknowledging entities in International Trade Houses, each category highlighted the crucial roles played by different stakeholders in shaping the landscape of these industries.

Some of the prominent categories included Private Mill, Cooperative Mill, Ethanol Producers, Standalone Distillery, Khandsari Mill, Domestic Trader, International Trader (Individual), Bulk Consumers, Sugar Mill Suppliers, and Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Each award category sought to honor those who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and significant contributions in their respective fields.

SEIA 2024 was more than just an awards ceremony; it was a celebration of innovation, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in the sugar, ethanol, and allied industries. The event brought together industry stalwarts, experts, and professionals, providing a unique opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

As the curtains fell on SEIA 2024, the reverberations of recognition and celebration continue to echo through the industry. The awards served not only as a testament to the achievements of the winners but also as an inspiration for the entire sector to strive for greater heights, fostering a culture of excellence and innovation in the years to come.


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