Sugar Corporation calls on universities to back national endeavors in the sector
Addis Ababa, March 24 (WIC) - Ethiopian Sugar Corporation has called on universities to work hand in glove with the Corporation to help the nation make the most advantage out of the sector.
Ethiopia Sugar Industry dates back more than five decades. Yet, shortage of sugar still remains a challenge for the nation where per capita sugar consumption stands at 5.6 kg. Africa’s standard is reported to be 17 kg.
In an effort to meet its ever-growing sugar demand, the country imports an average of 150,000 metric tons of sugar per year.
The government of Ethiopia visualizes increasing production almost by eightfold to 2.3 million tons by mid-2015 and becoming self-sufficient by the end of 2013.
Similarly the government is aggressively working to maximize per capita sugar consumption to more than 11 kg after five years.
A work shop deliberating opportunities challenges to the development of sugar technologies and industries in Ethiopia went underway on Friday in Addis Ababa.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Abay Tsehaye said Ethiopia has climate, soil and water resources that are conducive for sugar production. However, he said, the country is not taking advantage of the stated potential.
Abay said the government has given due attention to sugar development with the objective of becoming one of the top 10 sugar exporters in the world.
He called on universities to work hand in glove with the corporation to help the nation make the most advantage out of the sector.
He urged them to work closely with the sugar industry including in generating skilled human power for the sector thereby boosting its competitiveness on the international market.
Addis Ababa University Chemical Engineering Department Head, Dr. Birhanu Aseffa on the occasion expressed the keen interest of the University to back the ongoing national endeavours in the sector.
The University, which co-organized the workshop with the Corporation, is trying to adapt best practices of other countries such as India, Mauritius, and Brazil. (ERTA)