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ZSAES signs MoU with Brazilian ethanol cluster

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ZSAES signs MoU with Brazilian ethanol cluster


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CHIREDZI – The Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station (ZSAES) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brazilian based Ethanol Cluster, APLA.
The MoU was signed after 15 players went on a four-day study of the Brazilian sugar production process from September 25-29, 2023. The tour was facilitated by National Competitiveness Commission (NCC) and sponsored by ZSAES.
ZSAES Director Rufaro Mabveni confirmed the development at Triangle Country Club on Thursday during the Zimbabwe Sugar Industry Seminar (ZSIS).
She said the MoU is premised on sharing expertise to increase sugar production in Zimbabwe.
“We have signed a MoU with APLA whose bosses are set to travel here to identify our challenges as the sugar industry and see how they can assist,” said Mabveni.
The tour was meant to build a network with sugarcane farmers, research institutes, marketing board and suppliers of milling plants, create sustainable partnerships and share insights on how Zimbabwe can enhance its competitiveness in the sugar value chain.
NCC Chief Economist Douglas Muzimba who also toured Brazil told delegates at ZSIS that the MoU goals are to support technology transfer for the development of Greenfield and free harvesting techniques.
“One of the major outcomes of the study tour was the signing of the MoU. Its goals are to support technology transfer, exchange of technical know-how and technology transfer for the development of the Greenfield and free harvest techniques in sugarcane projects, operations and maintenance of training projects strategy and research development for the sector as well as the usage of Sugar Industry by production,” said Muzimba.
Some of the challenges faced by farmers in the sugar industry include rejection of over burned sugarcane during harvesting, losing Estimated Recoverable Crystal (ERC) due to taking time at sugar mills before delivering cane among others.
Mzimba also said the signing of the MoU will go a long way into addressing issues which have been bedeviling the sugar industry.
“The operationalization of the MoU through the signing of sub sector MoU will go a long way in addressing some of the perennial challenges that have been bedeviling the sugar industry since time immemorial.
“Sugar value chain players should identify areas of potential cooperation being guided by the MOU and initiate sector specific draft MoUs which would be shared with their counterparts,” he said.

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