The European Union has funded E16.0 million for 1341 Hectares of land for Sugarcane. While speaking during the new sugarcane project launch at Siphofaneni last week, European Union Ambassador Nicola Bellomo said, “The current time is not easy as the world price of sugar has fallen and farm profits are being squeezed. It is hoped that Swaziland will come through this difficult time fighting and retain its position as one of the most competitive sugar producers in the world,”.
He said, “the Swaziland Sugar Facility (SSF) grant was part of a wider assistance to Swaziland provided by the EU”.
“This programme is called the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) and has focused on improving the productivity of smallholder sugar farming and extending the area under smallholder sugar,” he said.
The EU, Ubombo Sugar Limited, Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE), and Techno serve are working together on this new project.
(Siyimbali online reporter November 23, 2015)