Sugar an ethanol production is one of the priorities in 2013 and 2014 for Sodepac, the company responsible for developing the Capanda Industrial Hub in Angola’s Malanje province, with a view to reducing imports, the company’s chairman, Carlos Fernandes said.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Fernandes also said that production of biofuel from sugar cane, despite being one of the priorities when the industrial hub was first set up, would not be a priority whilst Angola continued to import sugar, at the current rate of 450,000 tons per year.
Fernandes noted the approval by the central government of a financial package worth US$100.94 million to improve the road network and electricity transmission from the Capana sub-station to the Cacuso municipality and the city of Malanje, as important factors for the hub to operate.
The Capanda Agro-Industrial Hub, which was set up in 2006, includes the agricultural holdings of Pedras Negras, Pungo-Andongo and Biocom as well as the Kizenga agro-industrial development hub, with a view to implementing a sustainable, economically viable and environmental intelligent rural development model. (macauhub)