Aug 15, 2012

Biggest sugar mill to be set up in northwestern Myanmar

Myanmar Sugar Development Public Company will build a sugar mill, in Sagaing region, northwestern part of the country, local media quoted the company's spokesperson as saying Monday.

The sugar mill, supposedly the biggest in the country, covering an area of 200 acres (81 hectares), has a daily capacity of 400 tons, grinding about 4,000 tons of sugar cane a day, said the Myanmar Times News.

The factory is expected to go into production in 2015.

Moreover, 12.5 megawatts (mw) of electricity, generated from the waste of the mill, will be sold back to the government, the report said.

The 12.5 mw is enough to power all of Katha township, which only requires 10 mw.

About 1 million acres of sugar cane is grown in Sagaing Region annually. Each acre produces about 20 tons of cane and the growing season runs from November to April.

Source: Xinhua