“Since 2011, we have adopted a sub-surface drip irrigation technology that enables us to increase by 30 percent our sugar cane production over 150 ha and to reduce by 40 percent cultivation water use”, SINTO president and CEO Mao Shi told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Since 2010, the Chinese company has invested 8 million U.S. dollars with the purpose to extend sugar cane cultivation area, increase sugar output, increase cassava-based alcohol output and improve work conditions of employees, he said.

The sugar production complex provides jobs to about 2,000 persons from Anie prefecture as well as from other prefectures of Plateau region and of the whole country. Among the employed locals, 600 work in the sugar plant, while the others are active during sugar cane exploitation season.

In addition, the factory buys about 4,000 tons on average of cassava per year for alcohol production, stimulating cassava cultivation across Togo.

In the recent years, wages are regularly paid and are being increased by 15 percent every year, which enabled the improvement of living conditions of workers, Liang said.

Sodahlon Marcel, human resources officer at the factory, hailed improvement of working conditions over the past years and said that wages were domiciled in banks some years ago, which allowed employees to secure loans from banks.

“SINTO is our major provider of employment as it has given job to a great number of youths of the prefecture”, Anie prefect Ezoula Agoro Balabawi said.

The local official said that the factory has contributed to the improvement of the living condition in the province as most of its workers have better conditions these years.

“We expect more actions from SINTO especially in road, school and nursery infrastructures construction as well as in medicine provision and local laboratory implementation”, he said.

SINTO sugar factory is also actively involved in local development in villages around. It has wholly financed and built a primary school for 400 pupils at Agbandao, a village in the vicinity of the sugar cane field.

The factory provides the administrative city of Anie with safe drinking water. With the contribution of Togolese government, SINTO achieved in 2013 the connection of the factory to the national grid.

In its actions for local development, the factory also shows itself as key actor as it is involved in road rehabilitation and has committed itself to rebuild the great market of Anie, an important food crops’ market and commodity trading markets in the Plateau region. Enditem

source: Xinhua


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