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iAfrica News Kenya Focus 

January 04 - 10, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Maragra sugar company in
Mozambique increases production

Illovo is among the main sugar producers
in the African continent, which started its
business in Mozambique five years ago

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MAPUTO (Xinhua) -- The South African sugar producer Illovo said it has increased its sugar production by 30 percent this year at its mill in Maragra in the southern Mozambican province of Maput .

The sugar production increased from 69.656 tons to 90.694 tons in the 2011-2012 period, said the company.

Illovo is among the main sugar producers in the African continent, which started its business in Mozambique five years ago.

According to the company based in the South African region of Durban , the success of its business in Mozambique was due to favorable climate this year in the country, which led to harvest in sugarcane plantation, yielding an increase from 94.7 tons per hectare last year to 99.1 tons per hectare this year.

Maragra company supplies 32 percent of sugar in the Portuguese speaking country, and also contributes to sugar export. Mozambique has three sugar mills, including Maragra in Maput, Xinavane in Maputo , and Mafambisse in the central province of Sofala .

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Mozambique government in contact
with China for sugar factory

MAPUTO (Xinhua) - The government of Mozambique is in negotiations with Chinese businessmen to build a new sugar plant in central Mozambique .

The new sugar mill is to be built in Buzi, in Sofala province. The Director of Economic Activities in Buzi Valdemar Schuwarts told reporters Wednesday that due to the absolute state of equipment at Buzi sugar company, the company is paralyzed since 1994.

Buzi was the main Mozambique s hard currency earner and supplies sugar to the country. But formers of Renamo sabotaged the project during the civil war against the Frelimo government.

According to him, the company employed 9,000 workers. Schuwarts went on to say that the Chinese businessmen want to build a new sugar factory in Buzi.

He could not say exactly when the negotiations started, but he said they kicked off this year. He was reluctant to name the Chinese investors.

He also revealed that two Chinese investors would like to work on 600 hectares irrigation land for sugar cane.

The governor of Sofala Felix Paulo visited Buzi and held a rally with the population. He promised the population that the Buzi sugar factory will soon be revived.

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