Sugar Supply is Getting Resolved

sugar largeShortage of sugar supply faced since mid of last September due to El Niño and La Niña incidences in the past two consecutive years which had hampered sugar production of the country is getting resolved.

In order to solve the problem Sugar Corporation has purchased 700 thousand quintals of sugar from Algeria and Thailand,    which are currently being transported from Port Djibouti as of October 22, 2017 stores of Metehara and Wonji Shoa Sugar factories as well as to warehouses of the Corporation at Adama and Addis Ababa.

Furthermore, Tendaho and Kessem Sugar Factories, among the total eight sugar factories expected to produce around 7 Million quintals of sugar by this Ethiopian budget year, have begun production. And, the expected production will help to satisfy the domestic demand of sugar. The remaining six factories, as scheduled, are expected to begin production as of mid November.

The imported sugar is currently being distributed in Addis Ababa and regions to consumers associations, unions and industries as per their quotas.

Extensive activities are on track this year to fulfill the local demand by domestic supply. 

AGREEMENT SIGNED TO SET UP ETHANOL FACTORY

20170525 185151Sugar Corporation and Eugen Schmitt Company of Germany signed a joint investment agreement on May 25, 2017 to set up ethanol factory in Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory.

Based on the agreement of the two institutions a company called “Wonji Ethanol Technology Share Company” is established.

According to Ato Fasil Gebra-Mariam Legal Affairs Executive Officer of Sugar Corporation, the Corporation has signed the agreement with the veteran German company which has vast experiences in producing ethanol. There are three other share holders which have reached an agreement to work with the Corporation as well as Eugen Schmitt Company.

Ato Fasil further disclosed that the working capital of the company is more than 46 million Euros both in cash and in kind.

According to the agreement Eugen Schmitt and the Corporation have 83% and 14% of the share respectively while the rest three shareholders have 1% each.

The agreement will legally be effective when it is ratified by the Corporation′s Board of Management and Ministry of Public Enterprises. The Board of Management of the Corporation has already ratified the agreement, it was learnt.

The Factory which is going to be set up at Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory uses molasses, a by-product of sugar, to produce ethanol.

SUDANESE PRESIDENT VISITED OMO KURAZ SUGAR FACTORY TWO

IMGL4829The Sudanese president Omar Hassen Al Bashir visited Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Two, which has begun trial production, with FDRE Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on April 5, 2017.

The Factory has started trial production in March and it will enter into regular production early before the end of 2017.

When it operates in full capacity the Factory is expected to produce 2.5 million quintals of sugar and 28 million liters ethanol annually.

Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Two, constructed by the Chinese company- COMPLANT, is one of the four sugar factories being constructed at Omo Kuraz Sugar Development Project and is the first in entering into production.

SUGAR CORPORATION GETTING READY FOR EXPORT

IMG 4681Sugar Corporation is getting ready to export sugar, by-products and diversified products.

Foreign Marketing Executive Officer and Representative of Marketing Division of Sugar Corporation Ato Furo Beketa said the Corporation is in preparation to export sugar, by-products and diversified products in a competitive way. Hence, it is necessary for the Corporation to get ready in terms of logistic, material, labour, and system including product certificate.

According to Ato Furo the Corporation has signed contractual agreement with Ethiopian Standards Agency in 2016/17 so as to enable Wonji Shoa, Metahara, Fincha, Kessem and Arjo-Diddessa sugar factories get product quality certificate-ISO9000.

When it is believed that the factories have proved the desired quality, they will be certified following the audit report of the concerned internationally recognized institutions, Ato Furo further added.

The Corporation is making preparations to promote its products internationally and get its brand registered by Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. Preparatons are going on to export 100 thousand quintals of sugar, it was learnt.    

DIVERSIFIED PRODUCTS SECTION STARTED CATTLE FATTENING

IMG 4678 copySection of Diversified Products of Sugar Corporation started cattle fattening work at Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory and Tana Beles Sugar Development Project.

According to Dr. Freweyni Assefa, Team Leader of Livestock Resource Development of Diversified Products Section the Corporation had started the move in May, 2015 allocating six million Birr. Hence, a modern cattle fattening station, which is made ready for service in 2016/17 is constructed at Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory.

340 thousand Birr is spent for building an intermediate livestock fattening station at Tana Beles Sugar Development Project and the fattening has started with buying 28 cattle. The Civil and Irrigation Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance Divisions   of Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory and Tana Beles Sugar Development Project have carried out the constructions of the stations using their own capacity, she further added.

“Obtaining additional income expanding our co-products is one of our goals” Dr. Freweyni went on saying and stressed the Corporation’s aim in modernizing the livestock development work and export some of the fatten. 

The fattening work which was started, buying special type of cattle from Borena and Fogera, at Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory and Tana-Beles Sugar Development Project feeding  the cattle molasses, top cane and other by-products will expand to other sugar factories and sugar development projects in the future, it was learnt.

The fattening work has opened job opportunities for five permanent and 29 contractual workers.   

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