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Research works on sugar begun in our country in 1951 by the Dutch HVA Company. The Headquarter of the then Research Center was in Amsterdam. The center by then had been giving a strong support for sugar factories in Ethiopia.

Evidences show that domestic trainings on sugar industry were used to be given starting from 1958 as the company started planting sugarcane and sugar production at Wonji. Later, due to the factories transfer to public ownership, the research works had been carried out by different organizational structures at different times. And, since the establishment of the then Sugar Corporation with proclamation number 192/2010 till to date under the Ethiopian Sugar Industry Group the Research and Training Division has carried out activities such as:

  • Researches made to improve production process and thereby increase production and productivity; minimize costs as well as applied researches which de-bottleneck problems have been inducted on every factory and its sugarcane farm land;
  • Optimization measures have been taken including technical and advisory services through identifying problems arising from production system;
  • Works in identifying problems faced and results registered in applied research findings and evaluation of their  impact on the surrounding area have been done and hence new research directions and strategies have been outlined;
  • Introduced sugarcane seeds with higher productivity, disease resistant as well as high sucrose content including  seeds  which grow and be ready for harvest  in a short period;
  • Introduced improved methods and technologies of sugarcane cultivation and sugar production;
  • Work directions which has enabled to proceed with standard application of operational technologies has been applied and hence best experience sharing has been made possible;
  • By issuing different sugar technology researches it has been possible to avoid sugar loss, minimize production down time and hence increase overall sugar production potential recovery;
  • It has been made possible to generate and adapt technologies which help to develop products related to sugar by-products and ethanol and
  • It has conducted various trainings involving professionals so as to lead the industry with skilled and fruitful human resource.

The Sugar Research Center which is located at 110 km distance from Addis Ababa has been restructured repeatedly to successfully achieve the above tasks.

The Center has set up research posts in Wonji Shoa, Metahara, Fincha, Arjo Diddessa, Kessem,Tana Beles, Omo Kuraz Two and Three sugar factories. Research posts in Tendaho Sugar Factory and Welkayit Sugar Development Project have seized work for they both are out of operation. The sugar research center is conducting research on sugarcane, sugarcane seed development as well as sugar technology.

Currently, it has prepared three roadmaps which have focused on bio refinery, sugar technology and microorganisms and hence supply environment-friendly modern technologies and applied them on sugar factories so as to ensure the industries competitiveness sustainably.

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