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    The Sudanese leader, president Ja'afar al-Nimeiry, formally opened a new sugar refinery at Sennar, 160 miles (250 kilometres) south of Khartoum on Saturday (16 October).

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    The Sudanese leader, president Ja'afar al-Nimeiry, formally opened a new sugar refinery at Sennar, 160 miles (250 kilometres) south of Khartoum on Saturday (16 October).

    SYNOPSIS: The new refinery was built by a British firm, Flecher and Stewart of Derby in England, at a cost of about 45 million pounds sterling (75 million dollars U.S.). The factory has a planned output of about 60,000 tons (tonnes) of sugar in its first year, with a full-capacity output of about 110,000 tons (tonnes) by 1980. The government hopes to save over 18 million pounds (30 million dollars U.S.) next year by producing their own sugar.

    After opening the new factory, President Nimeiry went to look at the fields of sugar-cane that will supply it with raw materials, and set a torch to the field prior to cutting. Sugar-cane is a crop new to Sudan, introduced in the past few years. The new refinery and sugar-cane estate are just part of an agricultural expansion in Sudan, aimed at making it one of the Arab world's major supplier.

    It's expected by the Sudan that it could be supplying one-fifth of the Arab world's sugar needs within 10 years. But sugar is not the only commodity that the country hopes to provide for export. Meat, oilseed, cotton and grain crops are also receiving large boosts in production. Much of the money for Sudan's development is coming from the Arab countries.

    Recent oil price rises have provided the huge amounts of money needed to turn Sudan into the bread basket of the Arab world, but large problems still face the country's development - particularly poor transport facilities.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HTRBSNQ7K07B0SM3XVXXCOPN
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HTRBSNQ7K07B0SM3XVXXCOPN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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