The Guatemalan Center for Research and Training Sugarcane CENGICAÑA, was created by the Sugar Association of Guatemala, ASAZGUA in 1992 with the aim of improving production and productivity in the cultivation of sugar cane and its derivatives.
The mission defined in the Strategic Plan was “Generate, adapt and transfer quality technology for cost-effective and sustainable development of its members.” The center’s strategic objectives sugar increase productivity per unit area, through research programs; technology transfer quality through technical assistance, training and dissemination; and ensure satisfaction associated with technologies that impact their profitability and sustainability.
- NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT AND FERTILIZERS: investigations are developed to achieve nutrient management and chemical and organic fertilizer according to crop requirements, supplies soil nutrient and efficient use of fertilizers on different soils and environments in order to improve productivity and sustainability of sugarcane crop. studies for the use and proper utilization of by-products of sugar and alcohol agribusiness as cachaça, ash and vinasse and the use of crop residues for conservation and soil improvement is made. Also investigations are conducted and the use and development of green manure and biological nitrogen fixation as forms are urged to reduce applications of chemical fertilizers in cultivation, conserve and improve soil and sustainable management in the long term.
- IRRIGATION WATER USE The objective is to optimize the use of water for irrigation through integrated soil management, sugarcane and climate. Resulting in cost reduction in operations of major irrigation systems.
- VARIETY DEVELOPMENT: Variety Program CENGICAÑA aims to develop new varieties of cane for the sugar industry in Guatemala. These new varieties are required to high sugar yield per hectare, with resistance to major diseases, good agronomic characteristics for management and good adaptability to different climatic and soil conditions of the sugarcane area of southern Guatemala.
- AUDITORIUM: During the 2010-2011 activities have been carried mills, sugar Guatemala, commercial houses, CENGICAÑA and educational and cultural institutions.
- TRAINING: In CENGICAÑA, each year the training committee based on the needs assessment develops and implements the training plan in which activities are aimed at personnel in the areas of Field, Factory, TMT (Workshop, Machinery and Transport), Administrative and Human Resources. The activities carried out range from courses, diploma through implementation of Masters in partnership with universities. technical, professional and management of the sugar industry are met.
- INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: It is an approach that is promoted in the Sugar Industry for pest control. Integrates the rational implementation of appropriate techniques of chemical, cultural, physical, ecological and with greater emphasis on biological control strategies in a sequence compatible with bio-pest ecology and environmental care type. The aim is to reduce insect pest populations at levels below those causing economic losses and it has been promoted in the CANAMIP Committee the use of Economic Injury Levels (EIL) as a basis for control decisions.
- INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PROGRAM: In May 2011 started the Industrial Research Program, the research are: Energy efficiency, recovery of sucrose and standardization of rules and procedures. The overall objective is the use of resources and reduce their impact on the environment.
- CENGICAÑA recertified ISO 9001: 2008: In November 2009 it was delivered to CENGICAÑA, the recertification of its quality management system according to ISO 9001: 2008. This certification is a competitive advantage and a commitment to continuous improvement. And increases operational efficiency, improves communication and participation of its employees, generates a culture focused on quality and customer service, process creates a structure that links the needs and expectations of customers with satisfaction.
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