On the evening of 19 February, the trade exhibition of the XXXI ISSCT conference has been opened by the Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari. He emphasized the importance of research for the development of the sugar and ethanol sector in India. The President of ISSCT organizing committee, Sanjay Awasthi, thanked him for the support he is giving to the sugar industry. This was followed by the ribbon-cutting through Subodh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Government of India, Food & Public Distribution Department.
The ISSCT 2023 trade exhibition features 93 sugar industry suppliers from 10 countries, who show their products to the about 600 delegates. The vast majority of the exhibitors are India-based. In addition 11 French, 5 German, 2 British suppliers as well as one company from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and USA each display their products and services to the international sugar world.
Business France, the Trade and Investment Agency of the French Embassy in India, in collaboration with CODETEC, the French consortium of equipment, technology and service companies in the sugarcane sector, has set up a French pavilion for the ISSCT Congress (International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists). A delegation of 11 French companies, ranging from the sugarcane cultivation to the sugar and ethanol processing sectors, are showcasing their expertise for the first time in India.
Sugar Industry is also present with a stand displaying its books, journals in digital format and in printed form.