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Biocom produced 50,000 tons of sugar in three months

Three months after this year's agricultural season began, the Angolan Bioenergy Company (Biocom) has already produced 50,000 tons of sugar, up 8,000 tons from the same period last year.


Ricardo Guerra, director of Agro-Industrial Operations at Biocom, revealed that since April - the month in which the 2020 campaign took off - 7000 cubic meters of ethanol have also been produced.

The director, cited by Angop, indicated that the company estimates over the next three months to produce an additional 65,000 tons of sugar and 11,000 cubic metres of ethanol.

After all, Biocom should produce a total of 115,000 tons of sugar - 100,000 more than in the same period last year - and 18,000 cubic meters of ethanol - 6,000 more than in the same period of 2019.

According to him, the company expects with this year's production to meet 35 percent of the country's sugar consumption needs (300,000 tons per year), thus saving around 110 million dollars to the state, which in 2019 spent around 100 million on importing this product.

Indicating that the company already has 22,500 hectares of sugarcane in harvest, he also said they are being packed between 15 and 16,000 bags of 50 kilograms per day of sugar.

Jorge Raposo, coordinator of the company's Security for Industry, revealed that Biocom suffered losses of around 250 million kwanzas after anarchic burnings, initiated by hunters in the region, destroyed 846 hectares of sugarcane last month.

Biocom is located in the Agro-industrial Pole of Capanda, in the municipality of Cacuso, employs 3000 people and expects to reach a production of 256,000 tons of sugar by 2025.

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