Vasantdada Sugar Institute’s Centres Should Be Set Up Worldwide: Uddhav Thackeray

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Mrunal Jadhav
Pune, January 9, 2021: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today expressed his wish that the centres of Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), Pune, should be set up all over the country along with the state and these centres should be expanded all over the world.

The 44th Annual General Meeting of VSI was held online today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Thackeray and in the presence of senior leaders and president of the organization Sharad Pawar and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Thackeray released ‘Technical Performance Report’, ‘Distillation Report’ and ‘Calendar-2021’ of Sakhar Sangh. The meeting was attended by Labour Minister and Vice President Dilip Walse-Patil, Co-operation Minister Balasaheb Patil, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, former minister Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, former minister Harshwardhan Patil, Director-General Shivajirao Deshmukh and other members and dignitaries.

Chief Minister Thackeray said that Vasantdada Sugar Institute has to do a lot of work in the field of sugarcane research. “We all know the glory of this organization based on agriculture, industry, and education”, he said.

Expressing his desire to get detailed information about the research done by inspecting this institute, Chief Minister Thackeray said that this organization has proved that we can make progress by adding science to agriculture. This organization, which is experimenting in the field of the sugarcane industry, needs to expand worldwide. He appealed that we should use the experience of Sharad Pawar, who is rich in experience and vision, for development.

The state government was keen to provide food and shelter to the needy in the Covid-19 situation. Due to the lockdown, many sugarcane workers in the state were stranded in the factory premises. Expressing gratitude to the sugar mills for cooperating with the government in taking care of the stranded sugarcane workers, Chief Minister Thackeray said that knowledge is formed by adding experience to information.

Sharad Pawar, president of the organization, said that the departmental research and development field of Vasantdada Sugar Institute at Patharwala in Ambad taluka of Jalna district has been sanctioned for Marathwada.

Sugar and its products will give more income to the farmers. For this, Vasantdada Sugar Institute should take initiative to create important documentation of sugar products, said Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, adding to it he said that India has a reputation as the world’s second-largest sugarcane producer. Maharashtra State is leading in this. A world-class ‘Sugar Museum’ should be set up in Pune to educate the younger generation about the sugarcane and sugar industry.