THE TRIUMPHANT JOURNEY OF OMO-KURAZ SUGAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Introduction The command area of Omo-Kuraz Sugar Development Project incorporates some areas of South Omo Zone (Selamago and Gnangatom Districts), Bench Maji Zone (Surma and Mienitshasha Districts ) and Keffa Zone (Diecha District) of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia. 1.1 The Land Selected According to the revised plan of the sugar development sector the command area of the project selected for the construction of four sugar factories, one with 24,000 TCD and the rest three with 12,000, is 100,000 hectares where cane cultivation is going on.…

Capital Intensive Sugar Projects Still Bearing Fruit

Never once in Ethiopian modern history that the nation has embarked on a capital intensive and with so many sugar development projects except during the kick off the First G.T.P. The nation was introduced with the industry some sixty years back working with the Netherland¢s Company – H.V.A. in a joint venture modality. And, the construction of sugar industries in Ethiopia by then and the following years thereafter was on “one at a time” basis only while the constructions of the sugar factories were carried out by foreign companies. Unlike…

Wolkaiyt Sugar Development Project

It is the other sugar development project located at 1,300 kilo meters from Addis Ababa in the Western Zone of Tigray Regional State at Welkayit District. One sugar factory with 24,000 TCD is found under construction by Chinese Company – CAMC. When it reaches its maximum production capacity, the factory will be capable of producing 484,000 tons of sugar and 41,654 meter cube ethanol a year. The project’s total area of land for sugarcane cultivation is 50,000 hectares. It will get its water supply from the river called Zareima upon…

Omo-Kuraz Sugar Development Project

It is a project found in South Omo Zone (Selamago and Gnanegatom Districts); Bench-Maji Zone (Surma and MieinitShasha Districts) and Keffa Zone (Diecha District) of Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples Region. Two among four sugar factories planned to be constructed under OmoKuraz Sugar Development Project using sugarcane developing on 100 hectares of land are completed. They have the capacity to crush 60 thousand tons of sugarcane a day. When they start operating in full capacity each of the three factories are expected to crush 12 thousand tons 1of sugarcane per…

Omo-Kuraz Sugar Factory II

The factory started trial sugar production since March 27, 2017. The factory while entering regular production crushes 6 thousand to 6 thousand 500 tons of sugar cane a day. When it operates with its full capacity it will crush 12 thousand tons of sugar cane a day. When it starts working with its full gear it will have a capacity of producing 2.5 Million quintals of sugar and 28 Million litres of ethanol a year. It will also produce 60 Mega Watts of electricity and sends 40 of it to…

Kessem Sugar Factory

The Factory is found at Zone Three in Awash Fentallie and Dulecha districts of Afar Regional State, 50 kilo meters from Metehara Sugar Factory and 250 kilo meters from Addis Ababa. It is a project which has a total of 20,000 hectares of land to be cultivated with cane & its plantation stretches to the areas known as Kessem and Bolhomon. The Kessem Dam which has a capacity of holding 500 cubic meters water is the source from which sugarcane cultivation is being carried out. Irrigable land has reached 2,946…

Arjo Dediessa Sugar Factory

It is located at Western Ethiopia of Oromiya Regional State in eastern Wollega, Eilu Ababora and Jimma Zones at the Didessa Rift Valley at a distant of 540 kilo meters from the capital through the route of Addis Ababa-Jimma-Beddelie-Nekemet Road. The altitude of the area is 1,350 meters above sea level while its annual rainfall is 1,400 millimeter. Its rainy season is extends from May to October. The soil content which is usually black in color and rarely blue together with its climate makes the area suitable to sugarcane cultivation.…

Tendaho Sugar Factory

It is found at the lower Awash River Basin of Afar Regional State around Millie, Doubti, Assaeitta and Affambo Districts at a distance of 670 k.m. from Addis Ababa. It is located at 300 k.m. distance from Dijibouti Port which makes it more fit to export sugar. The project was started in 2006 with 50,000 hectares of land to be cultivated and will have a factory with a design capacity of 13,000 TCD a day. The factory construction contractor is OIA (Overseas Infrastructure Alliance) of India. The first phase of…

Finchaa Sugar Factory

The factory is found in Oromiya Regional State in Horro Guderru Wellega Zone, Abay Chomen District in Fincha Rift Valley around 350 Kilo Meters away from the capital – Addis Ababa. Feasibility study including the topography and soil content of the area was conducted by Bukers Agricultural International Ltd. of Britain since 1978 while the project work had started in 1989. The finance needed to construct the factory was secured from the African Development Bank & African Development Fund; governments of Australia & Spain and domestic banks of the nation.…

Metehara Sugar Factory

The factory is found in Oromiya Regional State at 200 Kilo Meters distance from Addis Ababa. Same as Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory its construction was carried out by H.V.A. Company of the Netherlands. The factory started sugar production in 1970. Formed as Share Company between the then Ethiopian government and the constructing company, it was the third sugar mill to the nation. It currently has more than 10,000 hectares of land covered with sugarcane. Its average production capacity is 136,692 tons of sugar a year. Through an expansion project conducted,…