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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:46 - Updated Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:46

Angola: Biocom spends USD 12 mln on new equipment

Luanda - Angola's Bioenergy Company (Biocom) spent USD 12 million to purchase new equipment with a view to meeting the challenges of the 2017/21018 harvest, predicting a 15% growth in sugar production, compared to the previous year.

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Bioenergy Company (Biocom) sugar

Photo: Pedro Parente

Malanje: BioCom's Sugar cane field

Photo: GASPAR DOS SANTOS

The investments followed the increase in the area of ​​sugarcane, which jumped from 9,272 hectares in the 2016/2017 harvest to 12,600 hectares in the current harvest, started on 29 June, according to a press released reached Angop Tuesday.

The amount was earmarked for acquisition of new cane harvesters, agricultural tractors, biomass production equipment, as well as other means that aid in the process of soil preparation and planting.

"The sugar production forecast in the current harvest is 62,947 tons, compared to 52,000 tons produced last year, the source added.

In order to reach this goal, the company's agro-industrial unit in Cacuso, northern Malanje province needs to process 601,000 tons of sugarcane this year, reads the document.

In addition to sugar, Biocom will produce 15,278 m3 of ethanol against 14,263 m3 in 2016 and export 200,000 MW of electricity (in 2016 the energy export stood at 57,000 MW).

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