Sugar self-sufficiency within reach

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Addis Ababa,  4 December 2013 (WIC) – Ethiopia is getting closer to cease importing sugar to satisfy its growing domestic demand as expansion works enabled existing sugar factories to boost production.

The country relies on import of two million quintals of sugar annually to supplement domestic production in order to meet local demands estimated to be around five million quintals.

The completion of expansion projects in Wonji Shewa and Fincha sugar factories, the nation has boosted its annual sugar production from the two factories from 2.35 to 3.23 million quintals, , according to data from Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (ESC).

At full capacity, Fincha Sugar Factory will produce 2.7 million quintals of sugar per annum, but the corporation expects the factory to produce two million quintals this year, nine thousand quintals more than last year.

Another 950 thousand quintals of sugar is expected from Wonji-Shewa Sugar Factory this year. The expansion project in Wonji-Shewa sugar factories, the oldest pair of sugar factories in Ethiopia, came after operations in these factories phased-out.
With the completion of Metehara Sugar Factory, which is expected to produce 1.7 million quintals of sugar this year and Tendaho Sugar Factory, slated to go operational in two months, Ethiopia expects to have surplus sugar production of more than 5.4 million quintals.

Following the development, ESC has halted new orders for import of sugar and could start exporting sugar in 2014/15 budget year.
The country has a long term vision of joining the leading global exporters of sugar as the government strives to complete the construction of ten new sugar factories currently underway in various parts of the country.      

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