LOKMANGAL AGRO INDUSTRIES LTD.

Established in 1999, Lokmangal Agro Industries Ltd. is Lokmangal Group’s first sugar factory, constructed and commissioned in a record 6 months and 6 days. The swiftness stands as a testimony to the planning and execution skills of the Group – featured in the Limca Book of Records as the fastest constructed sugar factory in India.

The ISO 9001:2008 & FSSC 22000 certified Company comprises a sugar division with a cane crushing capacity of 2500 tonnes per day with corresponding, a distillery which produces 160 kilo liters per day of alcohol. This factory also has a bagasse fuelled co-generation plant which generates 4.5 MW of electricity, and a biogas generator driven by 36000 M3 of biogas generated from the distillery spent wash, which generates a further 4 MW of electricity.Utmost care is taken to prevent air and water pollution by using the latest technology such as UASB/CSTR digester.

With demand for ethanol rising as an additive in combustible fuels, the company is also adding to its bottom line through its state-of-the-art ethanol plant. The Lokmangal Group has always been extremely eco-conscious, and several environment preservation measures have been implemented. These include installation to eliminate CO2 emission, and enlisting treatment of water used to flush out fly ash residue from the boilers, converting this otherwise soil detrimental waste water into becoming a valuable resource for agriculture.

Lokmangal Agro Industries Ltd.

Particulars 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
  Cane Crushed (M.T.) 414101 318640 277480 379127 176308
  Sugar Production (Qtls) 487000 352630 296540 396000 164500
  Recovery (%) 11.76 11.07 10.69 10.43 9.35
  Crushing Period (Days) 180 134 126 167 96
  Capacity Utilization (%) 84.35 87.19 80.40 84.35 87.19
Solapur district is a drought prone area, so water management and conservation are high priority issues. In addition to educating farmers on the pressing need to conserve water and various means for doing so, the company is playing the lead role in generating employment. To date, it has created 400 jobs for skilled and semi-skilled labour, in addition to management and technical staff, and provides gainful employment to 5000 agricultural labour for harvesting sugarcane.
 

SUGARCANE

Sugarcane-More than a source of Sweetness

Sugarcane is zero-waste economic crop. It is crushed to produce sugar for consumption and at present, the leftovers or by-products from milling and sugar production processes are used as feedstock for other related industries. With this value creation, it significantly contributes to the country’s economic growth.

Sugarcane juice and molasses, by-products from sugar production, can be used as raw materials for the production of bioethanol, which can be blended with gasoline (petrol) for use in gasoline engines. The mixture of ethanol and gasoline is called gasohol. The use of ethanol as alternative fuel does not only enhance the country’s energy security and trade balance relief by reducing oil import bills, but also lessens greenhouse emissions, which have effect on the environment.

Bagasse is used as biofuel for the boilers of sugar mills to generate electricity for internal use and for export to the National Grid. Moreover, bagasse can be used in the production of particle board, or even as an organic fertilizer for soil fertility enhancement, which helps reduce dependence on imported chemical fertilizers.

Indeed, the sugarcane and sugar industry serves as the upstream industry supplying raw materials, intermediary products and by-product with added value to other relate industries, creating more jobs and better income for the people and, most importantly, reducing the reliance on imports of fossil fuels.

Facts about Sugar

Sugar Sources

Sugar is found naturally in most plants, especial in sugarcane and sugar beet, Sugarcane is grown in the tropical climates and sugar beet is found in colder areas. Sugar from sugarcane represents more than 70% of global sugar production, In Thailand, sugar is produced principally from sugarcane.

Edible Sugar

Edible sugar usually means sucrose, the technical name for table sugar, which is made of one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule bound together. Sugar can be found naturally in whole foods.

Sugar as a Source of Energy

Sugar is a carbohydrate along with starch and thus one source of food energy. During digestion, all food carbohydrates (starches and sugars) break down into single molecule sugars. These sugars are absorbed from the intestine into the blood stream and travel to the cells, where they are used to provide energy for cellular functions. Accordingly, sugar presents a source of cheap and efficient energy for the human body.

Sugar’s Uses

Sugars have a number of functions in the preparation of foods. In addition to providing a sweet taste and flavor, sugar is used as a preservative, in products such as jams and jellies, and helps increase the boiling points or lower the freezing points of food. Sugar supports fermentation in products containing yeast, and improves the colors and flavors of food when added with amino acids. Sugar is also used in baked goods, like cakes, to hold moisture and add crispiness. In these roles and others, sugar is an important and versatile food ingredient.

Fortification of foods with micronutrients is generally recognized as the most cost-effective strategy for eliminating micronutrient malnutrition. So, fortified sugar can play a critical role in fighting nutrient deficiency. For example, in a number of Central American countries, sugar is fortified with vitamin A to reduce the risk of permanent form of blindness.

SUGAR Consumption & Health

Whether the problem of overweight, and development of the associated diseases (e.g. obesity, cardiovascular diseases, etc.), can be attributable to sugar consumption is subject to academic debates. However, over consumption of any food, when combined with a lack of physical exercise, can lead to health problems

More than 50% of our body’s energy intake should come from carbohydrate, which include starches and sugars. Though painted occasionally in the bad light, no scientific evidence available to date concludes that sugar is a cause of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or dental caries.

On the contrary, the results of medical studies indicate that obesity has several causes, including genetics, cultural values in consumption and excess intake of foods such as starches, fats or alcohol, which-like sugar-are rich in carbohydrates.

How much sugar or sucrose people should eat? When people look for an estimate of sugar consumption, they often use statistics called “sugar available for consumption”. Availability data are reported as kilograms of sugar per person per year by dividing the amount of sugar produced in a country (plus its imports and minus its exports) with its population. Since sugar is used for both dietary and non-dietary purposes, it is misleading to use this method to estimate how much sugar people actually eat.

A healthy balanced diet is essential for good health. The key to making our diet healthy and balanced is simply a variety of foods and everything in moderation. The adequate level of sugar intake is dependent on striking a balance between daily energy consumption and physical exercises.