Ethiopian Sugar Academy

The human development endeavors, level of technology and effective leader ship plays vital role for sustainability of sugar industry. Due to the fact that the industry operations are complex and technologically automated with modern IT systems skillful and knowledgeable work forces that have direct experience in the sector are very essential and highly demanded. To this effect, Ethiopian sugar academy, which is recently established, is restlessly working in providing solutions to lack of skill, knowledge and attitude in the sector.

The sugar academy has developed a long term road map for human resource development, to be competent among world sugar training institute in competency and technology transfer. Furthermore, as per the roadmap it has developed Occupational standard, Curricula and Modules which can tune the implementation hereafter. Accordingly, the academy has welcomed the first 170 long term trainees on March 22, 2018. These trainees are graduates in different fields of Engineering; and, they would be trained in the academy for two months and four months in factories. Similarly, the academy was undertaking short term training in three departments.

 Training departments

  • Agriculture training department
  • Industrial training department
  • Leadership training department.

Training Program

  • Long term
  • Short term
  • Pre service training
  • Target group
  • Top managerial level
  • Middle managers level
  • Low level Operator workers (support staff)

 

Achievement

TRAINING TYPE

GTP 1

GTP 2

2008

2009

2010

Total

AGRICULTURE

   

Agronomy

1600

237

242

416

895

Mechanization

1717

1520

747

667

2934

Irrigation

466

32

388

90

510

 

TRAINING TYPE

GTP1

GTP 2

2008

2009

2010

Total

FACTORY

   

Electrical and Instrumentation

610

60

233

110

403

Mechanical

1009

110

492

142

744

Chemical

711

401

438

172

1011

 

TRAINING TYPE

GTP1

GTP 2

2008

2009

2010

Total

LEADERSHIP TRAININGS

 

 

 

Leadership

 

 

344

280

624

Finance

 

 

 

104

104

Material supply & Property Management

 

 

 

115

115

Others

748

 

 

144

144

Grand Total

 6,861

2360

2884

2240

7484

Future Prospect

 

The ESC-RDC envisions that innovations made would break yield barriers and transform the cane agriculture into an efficient, globally competent and vibrant one. It will also rope in private manufacturers to help it in manufacturing and fast multiplication of its machineries and equipments and also for exploiting the commercial use of these technologies. Concerted efforts would be made to transform the Ethiopian Sugarcane and Sugar Research to be more sensitive to the need of the cane farming community. Intensive research and development efforts made so far would be better utilized to provide a base for developing new strategies and programs in a time frame mode.

SOP Development

The Research and Development Center has developed and launched an effective SOP system in 2013 and 2017 into sugar factories which were fruitful in:

  • Addressing ineffective production practices where standardizing tasks and instructions increased production outcomes for repetitive tasks
  • Offering opportunity to compare current site practice with external best practice and implement changes where possible
  • Reducing reliance on supervisors to explain and assist in routine operator tasks
  • Creating a framework for developing training programs on factory operations

 Roadmaps Development

Sugar industry in Ethiopia plays an important socioeconomic role and is the basis for several industries and thus, huge investment is being made by the government for the development of the sector which should be technologically advanced to be competitive. Thus, developing sugar research roadmaps are useful to undertake need driven technology planning, research and development activities and link future to present by considering products, market and technology. The roadmaps developed to help sugar industry strive for increased innovation competitiveness and gain market share areŠć¶

  • Biorefinery Development Roadmap (In collaboration with AAU Institute of Technology)
  • Sugar Technology Roadmap (In collaboration with Ministry of Science and Technology)
  • ESRI Roadmap (Sugar Research Industry Roadmap)
  • Sugarcane Variety Development Research Roadmap

Partnership

The research and Development Center made efforts towards collaboration to create partnership that ascertains mutual benefits. The Center believes that the collaboration would provide productivity improvement through joint researches, improved quality of products by process modification, capacity building via trainings, technology modification/technology transfer that may increase income or decrease undesired costs, common utilization of resources. The partnership wing has created relations by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several universities, institutes and organizations to achieve its mission.

 Increase income or decrease undesired costs, common utilization of resources. The partnership wing has created relations by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several universities, institutes and organizations to achieve its mission.

These linkages are expected to work collaboratively with a quarterly and annual plan regarding consultancy services, joint projects, research and technology transfer. Currently joint research and project activities are under progress with Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Addis Ababa University (Institute of Technology) ,Ministry of Science and Technology, Arba Minch University and Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, EIAR, National Agricultural Research Council and others.

Areas of collaboration

  1. Joint research in:
    • Irrigation and Drainage in sugarcane
    • Crop protection and related crops production
    • Cogeneration and Energy use efficiency
    • Sugar processing of Sugar Factories as well as Ethanol Plant
  2. Manpower capacity building, training and resource sharing.
  3. Meteorological services
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