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USSEC launches the Soy Excellence Center in India

The center focuses on elevating the skills of early-to-mid-career professionals in the protein industry,

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The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has announced the inauguration of the Soy Excellence Center (SEC) in India. This initiative targets early-to-mid-career professionals in the protein sector, aiming to support sustainable growth in India's food and agricultural industries.

As global protein demand is projected to increase by 15% by 2031, the SEC is established in response to significant educational challenges in food production. The center aligns with India's 'Skills India' initiative, focusing on enhancing youth skillsets for future challenges.

USSEC's network, including the SECs globally, aims to improve community health and nutrition in emerging markets like India. This goal is achieved through workforce development and training, enhancing the capacity and market potential of businesses in the food and agricultural supply chains.

The SEC in India will provide training in poultry, feed milling, aquaculture, and soy food and beverage processing. The center offers modular, on-demand training resources, live seminars, workshops, and access to an international network of industry experts.

Kevin Roepke, Regional Director – South Asia & Sub-Saharan Africa, USSEC, stated that the launch of the India SEC represents more than collaboration. It's expected to be a catalyst for economic growth, skills development, and capacity building within agribusiness. The SEC in India is seen as a critical step in empowering India’s youthful workforce with essential skills and knowledge.

Vijay Anand, Lead – Soy Excellence Center, India, emphasized the uniqueness of the training offered at the center. He noted that specialized training in industry-specific subjects is scarce and that the SEC aims to fill this gap with practical knowledge and skills through targeted training programs and global resources.

Suresh Chitturi, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms and President of the International Egg Commission, expressed excitement about the SEC's launch in India. He anticipates it will bring growth opportunities in India’s food and agricultural sector and help in transforming India into an agribusiness powerhouse.

Todd Main, Director of Market Development at the Illinois Soybean Association, a principal sponsor of SEC India, highlighted the significance of establishing the SEC in India. He views it as a pivotal moment, recognizing India's potential not only as a market but as a valuable business ally. Main believes that empowering the Indian agriculture and soy value chain is key to supporting a thriving agribusiness environment and meeting the growing global population's needs.

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