'Cane Center of Excellence' Workshop Identifies Priority Areas
"The theme of the workshop was “More with Less”"
IMAGE: The 47 delegates to the Cane Centre of Excellence workshop held in September.
THE AB Sugar-sponsored and Illovo Sugar-led Cane Centre of Excellence was inaugurated via a workshop that took place from 3-5 September at the Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga and at the Illovo Sugar Ltd Head Office in Mount Edgecombe, South Africa.
The theme of the workshop was “More with Less” and it was organised and led by the Illovo Group Agriculture–Technical Services department under the guidance of Geoff Trott with assistance from Patrick Jarvis and Debbie Jenssen of AB Sugar (ABS).
The main workshop was attended by 47 delegates and brought together senior Illovo Sugar Limited (ISL) and AB Sugar South China agriculturalists with invited farmers, scientists, leaders and experts from the local and international field.
The aim was to create a community and to lever the wider group thinking to prioritise future areas of work required to improve competitiveness through sustainable and cost effective sugar yield improvement in cane agriculture across the AB Sugar companies.
The leadership of AB Sugar was represented by operations & technical director Ben Hackett and the Illovo leadership was represented by operations director Gavin Dalgleish and technical executive Steve Langton.
The conclusion of the delegates was that the workshop was a major success and it resulted in a number of priority focus areas which were deemed a great starting point to aid in achieving the required outcome. A number of projects will be founded over time in these focus areas and developed to implementation by the ISL Group Agricultural–Technical Services department. Additional information on these particular projects will be available in due course.