Blantyre — Government says the sugar processing factory currently being constructed in Salima is progressing well as evidenced by 50 percent of the work almost done.
Ministry of Finance Public Relations Officer, Nations Msowoya disclosed this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday.
He indicated that the plant has been designed to have a processing capacity of 1250 Metric tonnes per day thereby increasing export volumes of sugar.
"Right now, half of the work has so far been done and come 2015 everything will be completed," said Msowoya.
The two year project, according to Ministry of Finance publicist covers the ground area of approximately 500 metres by 700 metres to enable the factory have ethanol plant beside it.
"We believe the factory will help in increasing employment of local Malawians furthermore; it will enable small scale cane growers in the district to easily access markets for their commodities.
"Whilst the ethanol company which is yet to be constructed beside the sugar plant will contribute to increased production of ethanol in Malawi," explained Msowoya.
The sugarcane factory' construction is being funded by Indian government to the tune of 30 million USD, according to Msowoya.