Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nepal seeks Indian help to boost sugar production

A team led by government officials extensively toured Maharashtra to study sugar production.
They visited government officials in Mumbai and Pune apart from the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune. The Vasantdada Sugar Institute is dedicated to research in sugarcane.
"The visiting Nepali team asked for technical help for its sugar industry," said director general of Vasantdada Sugar Institute Shivajirao Deshmukh.
The delegation also visited institutes related to the co-operative sector — like Pune-based Vaikunthbhai Mehta co-operative training institute — as most of Maharashtra's sugar industry is in the co-operative sector.
Later, the team went to Kolhapur and Sangli districts to visit some of the co-operative sugar mills and avail information about their workings. They also visited the Warna complex, the dairy and sugar co-operative from Kolhapur.
Domestic sugar production is sufficient to meet about 35 per cent to 40 per cent of the market demand. For the rest of the country's sugar requirement, Nepal is dependent on India.
The per hectare yield of sugarcane is 47 tonnes, and sugar recovery is eight per cent in Nepal, whereas in Maharashtra, the average sugar recovery is 11 per cent.

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