Kanpur: Six weeks refresher course for the technical staff of Sunti Golden Sugar Estate, Nigeria started at National Sugar Institute (NSI), on Monday. More than 30 engineers, and other technical staff are participating in course which is being conducted online.
NSI Director, Narendra Mohan said that Nigeria is a sugar deficient country which meets its over 95 percent domestic requirement through imports. The country imports about 1.7 million metric tonnes of sugar mainly from Brazil. “To achieve the goals, Nigeria is making all out efforts to enhance sugarcane and sugar production capacities. Thus, the country needs qualified manpower to operate the sugar plants with efficiency. For the purpose of making available the qualified manpower, we have already provided assistance to Nigerian government in setting up a sugar institute including training of faculty. However, there is long way to go and thus the sugar factories in Nigeria are seeking support of National Sugar Institute to train their technical staff so as to run the sugar plants with efficiency”, said Professor Narendra Mohan.
He said, “We are going to provide them knowledge about best available technologies and standard operating procedures so as to produce good quality sugar at a lower cost of production. The institute faculty shall also enrich their knowledge about safe processing and packaging of sugar, he said. TNN