Nairobi will on Monday host the second India sugar expo which targets to show case products, technologies and services suitable for the African sugar industry.
The expo at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre will be hosted by the Sugar Technologies Association of India and will also provide an opportunity to the sugar industry players to learn about the latest value addition like the production of power and alcohol from sugar cane by products.
According STAI president to G.S.C Rao exhibitors will also make presentations on their products and technological services during the expo.
He said the past decade has witnessed major changes in the dynamics of sugar business which industry player need to embrace to remain competitive.
Rao said while production of sugar still remained the core business of sugar millers, introduction of power, ethanol, paper & paper board, chemicals, and bio-fertilizers are adding new dimensions to the profitability of sugar industry.
"Led by the success of this model, many progressive groups have developed modern sugar mills into integrated sugar complexes with Africa having a ripe environment for sugarcane cultivation and tremendous potential of setting up green field sugar projects and could replicate the model", said Rao.
Kenya Sugar Board chief executive Rosemary Mkok said technology is currently the key to increasing efficiency in the sugar industry thus the event is significant for the sugar industry in Kenya.
The sugar expo which ends on Wednesday is being organised with the support of India's Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kenya Sugar Board and Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
The first edition of the India Sugar Expo was held in 2010 where over 56 exhibitors from various countries participated. This years theme is " Relevant Technology for Africa Sugar Industry".