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Dear Members,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the XXXI ISSCT Congress, I have pleasure in extending an invitation to all of you to attend the Congress being held in the city of Hyderabad in India from 20-23 February 2023. This is the third time that India will host this prestigious event after successful Congresses in 1956 and 1999.

When India hosted the ISSCT Congress for the first time in 1956 the industry and mills were small (because sugarcane transport infrastructure was primitive); many technologists were not academically qualified, particularly in agriculture; equipment was almost entirely imported. But what a transformation today! Our best Mills are world class; technical colleges are of high quality and our technologists widely respected. We claim the lowest conversion cost of cane to sugar among major sugar-producing countries. We are the leader in the export of machinery. Specific fuel consumption is half of what it was. We export about 2500 MW of electricity over and above our own requirements, to the grid. 10% of the gasoline at our pumps is ethanol and this figure will double in the next three years.

Our greatest achievement and also our greatest ongoing challenge are in the cane fields. Over the years, our scientists have rendered tremendous service in developing new varieties of cane. Our cane managers have managed the logistics of enough daily supply so that the mill is not starved while avoiding excess supply which would cause cane to deteriorate. We have learned to introduce progressive agricultural practices in difficult circumstances.

The Congress Organizing Committee looks forward to seeing you for the ISSCT XXXI Congress at Hyderabad from 20-23 February 2023. I hope that the interactions in technical sessions, as well as informal conversations during the Pre and Post congress Tours, will deepen your understanding of our industry and will lead to greater prosperity not only of millers but also of millions of sugarcane farmers.

I hope that you will enjoy the Congress at Hyderabad, tours to Lucknow and Delhi which have much history to interest you, and not to forget the distinctive classical cuisines at these cities!

Thanking you and looking forward to welcoming you at Hyderabad, India.

Yours sincerely,

Ranjit Puri
Chairman Congress Organizing Committee
Former President of Indian Sugar Mills Association
Former President of The Sugar Technologists' Association of India
Honorary Fellow, The Sugar Technologists' Association of India

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE ISSCT XXXI CONGRESS

Raúl Castillo

Mr. Sanjay Awasthi

Dr. Jean Claude Autrey

Dear Members
We are pleased to inform you that the XXXI Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) will be held from 20-23 February 2023 at the state-of-the-art facility of the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad, India.

The programme for the Congress was finalized during the Mid-Term Meeting which was held virtually on 2-3 March 2022 in which members from the ISSCT Executive, Technical Programme Committee and Congress Organizing Committee (COC) were present. The members discussed in detail the prevailing pandemic situation throughout the world and the best time to host the Congress. During the meeting, the COC made a detailed presentation on the arrangements being made for the Congress, proposed visits to field/factory for the Pre/Post congress tours, sightseeing tours for the accompanying persons, hotels, logistics etc. After in-depth discussions, the ISSCT Executive agreed to hold the XXXI Congress in India from 20-23 February 2023.

On behalf of the Congress Organizing Committee and the ISSCT Council and Executive Committee, we are happy to share with you that an interesting programme has been developed for the Congress that will cover the Northern and Southern parts of the country. This will give an opportunity to the delegates to witness the diverse cultural heritage, traditions, cuisine and faiths prevailing in the country that makes India unique. Details of the programme are given in this newsletter.

Many indigenous innovations, designs and developments have taken place in India in the past two decades which the Indian sugar industry would like to share with the ISSCT community. With the growth in the Indian economy and the introduction of the new regulatory and Bio-Fuel Policy by the Govt. of India, the Indian sugar industry is at the cusp of becoming financially independent and globally competitive in the years to come. Therefore, there could be no better time to host the ISSCT Congress in India.

On behalf of the Congress Organizing Committee and the ISSCT Council and Executive Committee, we extend a very warm welcome to the participants. We are sure that members will attend the Congress in large numbers and take advantage of various opportunities presented to them.

With warm regards and looking forward to welcoming you to Hyderabad!

Raúl Castillo
Chair, ISSCT Council and Executive Committee

Sanjay Awasthi
Congress Executive President and President STAI

Jean Claude Autrey
General Secretary, ISSCT

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