On February 28, 2017, the President of the African Development Bank visited the Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) in Sudan, which is by far Africa’s largest sugar-producing agro-industrial complex and world’s largest producer of white sugar.
The company operates a cane farm of 105,000 acres of land and produces 400,000 metric tons of raw sugar annually, both for domestic consumption and for export. The company employs some 16,000 people, including 4,000 seasonal workers, and generates annual revenue of USD 400 million.
The President toured the agro-industry complex in the company of Sudan’s Federal Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Badr Eldin Mahmoud Abbas; AfDB Executive Director for Sudan, Kwabena Oku-Afari; AfDB Director General (East) Gabriel Negatu; and the Bank’s Sudan Country Manager, Abdul Kamara. He was welcomed by Abdel Sayed Taha, Interim Managing Director of KSC, and Senior Kenana Management.
The President’s tour kicked off with a visit to the company’s Research and Development Centre, and then to the sugar cane fields where he watched an automated combined harvesting operation. He also visited two pump stations, one of which was financed by the Bank.
He was pleased to note that the African Development Bank’s financing of the expansion phase of the KSC in 1990 with a USD 42-million Bank investment helped the company to significant scale up its capacity to become the world’s largest producer of white sugar and Africa’s biggest sugar factory, valued at over USD 3.5 billion today.