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20 Head to India for Training at Top Institute

Twenty employees from the Fiji Sugar Corporation will un­dergo training at the Vas­antdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in India, sponsored by the Government of In­dia. They visited the Indian High Commissioner,
12 Jan 2019 11:00
20 Head to India for Training at Top Institute
The employees of the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) who will undergo ITEC Training in Pune, India, with Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal at the Indian High Commission in Suva on January 11, 2019. Photo: Indian High Commission

Twenty employees from the Fiji Sugar Corporation will un­dergo training at the Vas­antdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in India, sponsored by the Government of In­dia.

They visited the Indian High Commissioner, Vish­vas Sapkal, at the Indian Embassy in Suva yesterday. Mr Sapkal said the workers had a good opportunity to receive this training.

“Vasantdada Sugar Insti­tute (VSI) is a renowned in­stitute and it has basically 150 sugar factories in the region,” he said.

“I am sure you will defi­nitely enhance your skills after going there and this includes a lot of site visits including farms and sugar factories which are nearby Pune.

“The purpose of the train­ing is to enhance the skills of the participants for de­livering modern technolo­gies in sugarcane farming to end-users and to educate participants about modern technology in sugarcane in­dustry. I want to wish all the very best to you.”

The Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune, Maha­rashtra, is under the Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) scheme of the India government.

The FSC employees will be undergoing training in two groups of 10 participants. The first group will undergo a certificate course in sugar boiling at the Vasantdada Sugar Institute from Janu­ary 15 to February 11.

The second group will un­dergo a certificate course in sugar cane development from January 15 to Febru­ary 25.

Team leader for Malolo and Qeleloa and District Co-ordinator (FSC) for Nadi, Arun Prakash, said FSC intended to empower and enhance the skill levels of its workers.

“This in regards to dealing with farmers and increas­ing cane production and up­skilling themselves,” said Mr Prakash.

“Boilers are sugar makers who work in the factory and they will have an opportu­nity to upskill their knowl­edge and bring it back and apply it at FSC.

“We can learn from India as it is highly regarded as the major producers and they have high yield.

“We want to see what they are doing there, which will help our sugarcane grow­ers and at the same time the sugar industry.”

Mr Prakash said the Fijian Government had provided a lot of support to the farm­ers.

“They are backing the industry and it has a firm belief that the sugar indus­try is here to stay. So, it’s a really good opportunity to upgrade our skills and to come back to Fiji to our workplace and apply it.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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