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PROJECT

 

 

KILOMBERO SUGAR

COUNTRY

 

Tanzania 

ASSIGNMENT

 

Management of and technical assistance to a sugar factory, sugar cane estates, and smallgrower sugar cane producers   

CLIENT

 

Sugar Development Corporation, Kilombero Sugar Company 

 

SERVICES FINANCED BY

 

Government of the Netherlands 

STAFF INVOLVED

 

In different periods various numbers of staff were assigned to the project, i.e. General Manager, Factory Manager, Economist, Financial Analyst, Agricultural Expert, Mechanical Engineer, Factory Engineer, Mechanisation Expert, Irrigation Expert, Outgrowers Manager, and a Tractor Workshop Engineer. Total: 480 manmonths  

PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT

 

1981-1992   

BACKGROUND OF PROJECT

 

The two estates, Msolwa and Ruembe, are situated near Kidatu, approx. 300 km south‑west of Dar es Salaam. The factories and plantations are separated by the Great Ruaha River, from which the water for factories and irrigation is drawn. The Msolwa factory was commissioned in 1962. The Ruembe factory became operational in 1977   

SCOPE OF WORK

 

The different assignments comprised the rendering of management, consultancy, and technical assistance services. The services were differentiated over the years as follows: 

1981-1992: Management and advisory services in factory and agricultural matters through resident advisors as well as preparation of 0master plan indicating needs for rehabilitation of the Kilombero estates to restore them back to full capacity utilisation: 

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Msolwa: factory capacity 2175 tcd, own irrigated area 2850 ha, own rainfed area 590 ha, outgrower area 1000 ha

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Ruembe: factory capacity 2400 tcd, own irrigated area 1400 ha, own rainfed area 1770 ha, outgrowers 2100 ha

The services provided included financial and economic analyses, engineering and industrial design, proposals for improvements in product technology and for equipment rehabilitation. Technical assistance for installation of overhead irrigation system, including preparation of tender specifications, evaluation of tender bids and supervision of the construction and management. Proposals for land drainage, maintenance and repair of rolling stock, sugar cane research and agricultural extension activities, manpower planning, and training and transfer of technology.

During the whole project period, special attention was given to the sourcing of funds for rehabilitation. The irrigation system at the Msolwa estate, for instance, was renewed with Danish and Dutch funds.

1989-1997: Installation of a computerised management information system and training of local operators and staff.

At the end of HVA's management assignment, the production of Kilombero Sugar Company Ltd was at over 60% of its capacity, against an average of 40% for the remainder of the Tanzanian agro industry. The total annual production of the two estates amounted to 53,500 tonnes in 1991/1992 

 

 

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