Panaji: September 5, 2015 …. The Union Minister (IC) AYUSH and Family Welfare, Government of India Shri Shripad Naik has said that there are many challenges before the Indian Sugar Industry and also enough scope for improving the productivity and efficiency both in sugar and sugarcane sectors. In most of these areas, technology is the key factor.  

           Shri Naik was speaking as Chief Guest for the inaugural function of 3 days XI Joint Convention and Sugar Expo  jointly organized by The Sugar Technologists Association of India and The Deccan Sugar Technologists Association of India in Shyama Prasad Mukharjee Stadium  at Bambolim today.

           Shri Naik speaking further said that there is also a need to ensure efficient communication and coordination between research institutes, the sugar mill and the farmers. The varied change in respect of sugarcane is rather slow in the country resulting in fluctuations in sugarcane yield where in the Associations should address itself to this issue.

           Shri Naik further speaking also said that sugarcane also provides the basic source for production of alcohol and ethanol either from cane juice or from molasses. Countries like Brazil, USA,and number of other countries have successfully applied this technology. Usage of ethanol blend petrol is also an environment friendly energy source which can be blended with petrol and this blended petrol can result in reduction of air pollution he opined.

             Shri Naik complimented STAI and DSTAI for their endeavor to organize convention for the purpose to provide required inputs to the sugar industry to improve its efficiency reduce the costs and hoped to make the sugar industry globally competitive.

      The Sugar Technologists Association of India presented Lifetime Achievements Awards”to Dr. M. Manickam, Executive Chairman Sakthi Sugar Limited, Dr. Gururaj Hunsigi, Ex- Senior Manager, Mysore Paper Ltd.Mr.Harindar Pal Singh Bhatia, Director,Chadha Sugar and Industries Pvt.Ltd,Shri Shantaram Pansare Business Coordinator ThyssenKrupp India Ltd, Shri R.V Vatnal Group TYechnical Advisor Nirani Group of Industries, Shri Murugesh R. Nirani Nirani Group of Industries,

         Whereas The Deccan Sugar Technologists Association of India”has also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Padmabhushan E.V. Alias Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Ex-MLA, Ex-Minister, Dr.Anand Dinkar Karve,Ex-Director Nimbkar Agricultural Reasearch Institute Pune, Shri Shekhar Vijaysingh Pilajirao,Ex-Technical Advisor at Tehran Sugar Refinery-Iran.,Shri B.B.Thombare Ex.Chairman and MD of Natural Sugar Ranjani-Osmnabad, Shri Dilip Sitaram Bhamare, Founder and Promoter of SITSON India, Dr. Subhash Shinde,Ex-Director Research MPKV Rahur

                       The STAI on the occasion also conferred Industrial Excellence Awards to Shri Murugesh R. Nirani, Shri Hasan Miyalal Musharif Founder Sar.Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory, Shri Mohd. Hussain Chairman, Three Star Engineering Pvt. Ltd.Shri Yogesh Marwaha Sr. Vice-President Isgec Engineering Pvt. Ltd. Shri Pradeep Kumar Asthanan Chairman and MD Kamuna Group,

                       Shri G.V.Rao won Dr. Bansidhar Gold Medal for Innovation in the area of Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Sugar Industry while Shri Balaji `Dattappa Pabsetwar Works Manager Sahakari Khand Udyog Mandal Ltd. Gandevi Gujrath also won Shri J.P.Mukharji Gold Medal Award for best Engineer of the year. Isgec Gold Medal Engineering for Excellence, Process Technology won by Shri Narendra Mohan and Shri T.S.Rao also win Gold Medal-Engineering for Excellence, Process Engineering.

The winners were given awards at the hand of Minister Shri Naik.

                          Shri Narendra Sawaikar, Member of Parliament South Goa, Shri Amit Khattar Secy. STAI, Technologists, Engineers, Agriculturists  and other office bearers were those who attended the function.

                          Shri R.V. Shirgaokar President DSTAI welcomed the guests. while Shri Sanjay Avasthi proposed the vote of thanks. 


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