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Zambia tops Africa sugar output

ZAMBIA Sugar Plc has recorded the highest single production of sugar in Africa amounting to over 420,000 tonnes in the 2014-15 milling season ended December 31, 2014.
Zambia Sugar acting managing director Rebecca Katowa said the company produced a total of 424,024 tonnes of sugar from 393,000 tonnes processed during the 2013-14 season following a massive expansion project that has increased milling capacity.
“The 2014-15 performance is a key milestone in the history of the Nakambala factory arising out of the recent major production capacity expansion project completed in 2009, which resulted in milling capacity increasing from 240,000 tonnes to 450,000 tonnes per annum,” she said in a statement issued yesterday.
Ms Katowa said the company crushed a total of 3.417 million tonnes of sugar cane with 40 percent of the raw material being provided by out-grower schemes, which consists of 14 large-scale and over 250 smallholder growers.
The company has increased its hectarage to 28,000 from 10,000, which is a combination of Zambia Sugar land and out-grower schemes, and constructed dams and canals, as part of its expansion drive.
Zambia Sugar Plc produces a range of sugar products that are sold on the local domestic and exported to the Great Lakes region and European Union.

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