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Sudanese sugar company to get help from Brazil

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Staff writer ▼ | October 22, 2015
The Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of the Foreign Ministry will work on a sugar and ethanol industry knowledge transfer project with technicians from the Sudanese Sugar Company (SSC).
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From September 14 to 18, a delegation from Brazil travelled to the Arab country and convened with local authorities to discuss the project, which should be rolled out in the early months of 2016.

According to the associate professor at the UFSCar Agro-Industrial Technology Department, Octavio Valsechi, who travelled to Sudan, the Arab country’s government is intent on developing its sugar and ethanol industry with the cooperation of Brazil.

Valsechi told ANBA that the Sudanese received guidance from Brazilians a few years back, but the project didn’t go through. Now, they are looking to revisit the plan. Besides Valsechi, the Brazilian mission comprised a delegate from the ABC Agency and a Brazilian Foreign Ministry diplomat.

Valsechi said SSC already possesses the basic infrastructure needed to put to work some of the knowledge they will acquire during the project. The plan will have four stages and implementation is set to begin in February.

The first stage will see Brazilian specialists travel to Sudan and train technicians at an experimental SSC station. In the second stage, the Sudanese should start working on local varieties of sugarcane.

During the third stage, slated for August, they will travel to Brazil and attend the International Agroenergy Technology Fair (Fenasucro) in Sertãozinho, São Paulo, and a cane processing plant. The final stage, in Sudan, will consist of further development of the varieties. The project is expected to cost $250,000.