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Monday, 01 December 2014

Cameroon: a new sugar production factory

The Cameroon government has just launched a call for expressions of interest to select a private investor “to establish and run an agricultural-industrial sugar complex” in the east in the “inter Bertoua-Batoria zone”. The invitation, signed on November 17 by Minister for Mines, Industry and Technological Development (Minimidt) Emmanuel Bonde, was published in the press this Thursday, the Minister stating that “the main goal of this project is to supplement the current shortfall in the national sugar market on a yearly basis and to look to the future growth of the markets in the sub-Region and beyond”.

As a supporting measure, the Cameroon government has stated that it has already set aside an area to be allocated to the project “measuring a minimum” of 32,000 hectares. Minimidt will provide interested investors with a copy of the summary of the project study plus a map of the zone and a copy of the draft agreement to sign with the government. The Bertoua-Batouri agro-industrial complex should help offset the shortfall in the current supply from the present provider, the Cameroon Sugar Company (Sosucam), a subsidiary of the French Somdiaa Group, which operates sugar plantations in Nkoteng and Mbandjock, two areas in the Upper Sanaga département, in the Central region. The official figure for Sosucam output is 130,000 tonnes of sugar per year.

Source: journalducameroun.com