The Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (ESC) has announced that Ethiopia will be sugar self-sufficient at the end of this Ethiopian year since new sugar factories that have commenced testing production will become fully operational.
Zemedkun Tekle, Corporate Communication Directorate Director at the Corporation told Walta Information Center that the Corporation is working to meet local sugar demand and cease its dependence on imported sugar.
The Director explained, the expansion works undertaken on Wonji, Metehara and Fincha have doubled the country’s sugar production capacity.
“Wonji and Fincha Sugar Factories’ daily sugar production are 7,500 and 11,500 quintals respectively. Yet, their installed production capacity is 10 thousand and 12 thousand quintals per day. Metehara Sugar Factory’s yearly sugar production capacity is 130 thousand quintals,” he added.
Arjo-Dedessa, Kessem and Tendaho I sugar factories will further enhance the country’s drive to become major sugar production hub with an installed capacity of 8 thousand, 10 thousand, and 13 thousand quintals per day, respectively, he explained.
According to information obtained from the corporation, Ethiopia’s annual sugar demand now is estimated to be over 650 thousand tones. Out of the total demand, the country produces 400 thousand tones while importing the remaining from abroad.
The country had embarked on developing 10 sugar factories during the implementation course of the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) in different parts of the country. Eight of them are expected to become fully operational at the end of the second GTP by 2020. By then, Ethiopia will produce 3.9 million tons of sugar out of which 2.9 million tones is planned to be exported.