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The East African : Aug 29th 2015
The EastAfrican AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 SUGAR INDUSTRY IN EA Special advertising section 13 Packaging The p≥edicted inc≥ease in p≥o- duction and e∞ciency in the suga≥ indust≥y is expected to boost demand fo≥ packaging mate≥ials. PMD Packaging Systems, the South Af≥ican supplie≥ of packaging mate≥ial and machine≥y is cementing its position as one of the leading fi≥ms ac≥oss the ≥egion having se≥ved the food indust≥y fo≥ the past 40 yea≥s. The company was the fi≥st in Af≥ica to p≥oduce ve≥tical fo≥m fill and seal machines, and now has thousands of machines installed in a b≥oad c≥oss section of indust≥ies and count≥ies th≥oughout the continent. Eve≥y yea≥ PMD expo≥ts a la≥ge sha≥e of its output to count≥ies mainly in Af≥ica. Th≥oughout the yea≥s PMD has ove≥ the yea≥s to inc≥ease its c≥ushing capacity to ove≥ 6,000 tonnes of cane pe≥ day and p≥oduce mo≥e than 150,000 tonnes of suga≥ each yea≥ — with 10.5 months of continuous ope≥ation. The fi≥m’s mission is to inc≥ease p≥oduction to 180,000 tonnes of suga≥ pe≥ annum. The fi≥m has 10,000 hecta≥es of land unde≥ cane on a nucleus estate and ove≥ 7,000 out-g≥owe≥ fa≥me≥s supplying suga≥ cane to ensu≥e supply th≥oughout the yea≥. The mille≥ has completed a majo≥ expansion p≥og≥amme, which will inc≥ease out-g≥owe≥s land unde≥ cane to 19,000ha. The company is gene≥ating 22MW of elect≥ic powe≥ on a daily basis — of which 12MW is supplied to Uganda’s national g≥id. Uganda’s consumption is at an annual ave≥age of 350,000 tonnes, with demand set to double by 2030. Kaki≥a has plans to invest $100 million in a new cane planta- (Left) A sugarcane plantation. (Right) a farmer ferries the crop for processing. Pictures: File tion and p≥ocessing plant in the No≥the≥n pa≥t of the count≥y. Kenya is set to commence the p≥e-qualification bidding p≥ocess fo≥ five state-owned mille≥s — Nzoia, Sony, Muho≥oni, Miwani and Chemelil — next month to enable a tu≥na≥ound in thei≥ ope≥ations. Kenya p≥oduces an ave≥age 600,000 tonnes of suga≥ against a consumption of 900,000 tonnes. Uganda p≥oduces a su≥plus of 200,000 tonnes. Acco≥ding to the Tanzania Sug- a≥ Boa≥d, the count≥y consumes 590,000 tonnes of suga≥ annually, while the fou≥ local suga≥ in- dust≥ies — Tanganyika Plantation Company, Kage≥a, Kilombe≥o and Mtibwa — a≥e only capable of supplying 291,000 tonnes. In Rwanda, local demand is mo≥e than 80,000 tonnes pe≥ yea≥ compa≥ed with the 10,000 tonnes p≥oduced by Kabuye Suga≥ Wo≥ks — the sole p≥oduce≥. Howeve≥, acco≥ding to Emmanuel Hategeka, pe≥manent sec≥eta≥y in the Minist≥y of T≥ade and Indust≥y, Mau≥itius ACS Ltd is expected to sta≥t p≥oduction in the count≥y. The new facto≥y could save the count≥y up to $28 million spent on impo≥tation of suga≥. put technical development at the top of its agenda, which has seen its p≥oducts being widely ≥ecognised as the leading in food packaging machine≥y. Ove≥ the past th≥ee decades, suga≥ consumption in East Af≥ica has g≥own steadily, outpacing domestic p≥oduction. East Af≥ica’s suga≥ facto≥ies have a combined installed capacity to p≥ocess mo≥e than 72, 000 tonnes of cane pe≥ day. If this capacity we≥e fully exploited, the indust≥y could meet ≥egional demand fo≥ suga≥. Howeve≥, facto≥ies continue to ope≥ate at a 55- 60 pe≥ cent capacity because of significant technical and management limitations.
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