The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSF) was registered as a Multi-Unit Cooperative Society on December 2,1960 under the provisions of Bombay Cooperative Societies Act 1925 as extended to the Union Territory of Delhi. In 1972, it was deemed to be under The Delhi Cooperative Societies Act 1972 and later under the Multi State Cooperative Societies Act 1984. Since, 2002, NFCSF is deemed to be under the Multi State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002.
NFCSF owes its establishment to the following resolution adopted at the first all India seminar on cooperative sugar factories, held in Etikoppaka, Andhra Pradesh in 1957.
"There is a need for a promotional agency for coordination of efforts in the field of establishment of cooperative sugar factories in India, for the provision of technical advice and help, for acting as an exponent of cooperative opinions on matters connected with this programme etc".
The NFCSF was established at a time when there were only 30 cooperative sugar factories producing 14.9% of the total sugar production. Under the guidance of NFCSF the capacity of the existing cooperative sugar factories were increased, new cooperative sugar factories were set up, yield of sugarcane per hectare and sugar recovery % cane was improved, resulting in increased sugar production. Today the cooperative sector of the sugar industry is responsible for about 48 per cent of the national production of sugar.
NFCSF has representation on various Ministries / Forums of Government of India like Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Non Conventional Energy Sources, Industries, etc. NFCSF has been behind the phenomenal growth of Indian Sugar Industry, particularly in co-operative sector through its Technical Cell created in 1977. It has provided Technical and Managerial services to about 130 new sugar mills capacities ranging from 1250 TCD to 10000 TCD and 70 existing mills in implementing their technology up-gradation, expansion, modernization, rehabilitation projects and Sugarcane Development Activities etc.
NFCSF, having its corporate office in New Delhi, is an apex body of all the cooperative sugar factories in India. Its main objective is to protect and foster the collective interest of cooperative sugar factories for their continued growth and progress through Project Management, Engineering, Sugarcane management Up-gradation, Financial Management, Manpower Management, Liaisoning with Central Government and other agencies etc.
In essence, NFCSF's main endeavour is directed towards the economic betterment of cane growers in India. Many sugar factories of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ethiopia, Medagaskar, Ghana, Sudan etc. have taken lead under the aegis of NFCSF for their modernization, technological up-gradation, expansion, improvement in process efficiency and energy conservation etc.
1. To advocate and promote & safeguard the interests of its members in accordance with the cooperative principles.
2. To arrange education and training for the benefit of its members.
3. To arrange for technical support and services to its members both for improving their operational efficiency as well as for organisation and promotion of new cooperative sugar factories
4. To promote R & D activities for its members, sponsor research projects, conferences, seminars etc., to find out solutions of the problems of its member cooperative sugar factories and allied subjects.
5. To act as accredited representative and spokesman organisation of the cooperative sugar sector factories at the policy fora of Central and State Governments, business fora and organisations relating to sugar industry; establish liaison with national and international organisations and others allied to sugar industry.
6. To advice and assist its members in the matters related to their management and operations.
7. To undertake information services for the benefit of its members.
8. To publish literature and documents on sugar industry for the benefit of its members.
9. To undertake any other activities that are incidental and conducive to the attainment of its objectives and interest of its members for the development and progress of sugar and its co-products industries either directly or through strategically collaborative joint ventures or partnership with organisations including insurance within India and abroad.