International Sugar Journal

Sugar in africa: Status and prospects † [Full subscriber]

Sugar industries in africa are characterised by a diverse mix of production systems, size of units, ownership structures and market outlets. from a national perspective, production of sugar either saves significant foreign exchange expenditure on sugar imports or generates export revenues. It also provides substantial employment and income generating opportunities with accompanying multiplier effects, often in poor and remote rural areas. Sugar industries therefore act as development platforms in africa. Moreover they also have the potential to produce ‘green’ energy for sale to the national grid and fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline, thereby saving foreign exchange on imported fuel…

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