Brazil to Export 3 Billion Liters of Ethanol This Year

The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce is participating in the International Ethanol Workshop today, January 23, in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

The meeting is promoted by the ministries of Industry and of Energy and Mining of the Arab country and will include the participation of two representatives of the Brazilian organization, the coordinator of operations, Rodrigo Solano, and the Market Development analyst, Jean Gonçalves da Silva.

The Chamber was invited to participate in the seminar by Kenana Sugar Company, the largest company in the sugar and alcohol sector in Sudan.

Kenana belongs to the governments of Sudan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and to private investors. The company also has plans to produce ethanol, a product in which Brazil dominates the technology.

Representatives of Kenana have already been in the country many times to learn more about the national production of alcohol and to seek Brazilian partners to operate in the sector in Sudan. Last year, executives of the company participated in an international seminar about ethanol, in São Paulo.

At the Sudan seminar, according to the secretary general at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Michel Alaby, it will be possible to learn more about Sudanese projects in the area and to check the possibility of supplying Brazilian equipment for the production of ethanol.

According to Alaby, the Sudanese are interested in Brazilian equipment and technology for alcohol production. As is the case with Brazil, Sudan is a producer of sugarcane, the raw material from which the product is made.

Brazil is the largest world producer of alcohol. In the current sugarcane crop, 2006/2007, the country should produce 17.4 billion liters of alcohol, of which 3.1 billion should be exported, according to forecasts by the São Paulo Sugar Cane Agroindustry Union (Unica).

This production will be the result of a harvest of 425 million tons of sugarcane, which will be picked in April. By the 2012/2013 crop, Brazil should be exporting seven billion liters of ethanol, due to investment that the sector is due to receive. This harvest alone, 12 new mills should be opened in Brazil, and in the next, another 16.

The Arab Brazilian Chamber representatives are in Khartoum to participate in Khartoum International Fair, to begin on Wednesday, January 24, in the capital of the Arab country, and to end on February 2.

The Arab Brazilian Chamber will have a 32 square-meter stand at the fair, in which the organization will provide information about the Brazilian production.

The organization took to the fair catalogues of various companies interested in entering the Sudanese market. The country, which is in Africa, imported last year a total of US$ 7.2 billion in products.

In the period, Brazil had revenues of US$ 79.7 million with exports to Sudan. The value presented a significant increase of 15% over the US$ 69.3 million of 2005.

Among the main products sold were bulk sugar, chassis and tractors. The global trade between both countries was US$ 79.85 million in 2006. Sudan exports little to Brazil: US$ 81,400 last year.

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  • jony

    To JP Australia
    Good point JP…You know that, I know that, everybody knows that…as for the idiot ch.c he chooses not to know.
    Of course when you come from a country like he does that spends millions and millions in farming with out success year after year makes him an expert… you see?

  • JP

    ch.c doesn’t understand what is happening in the sugar industry in Brazil.

    All harvester manufacturers are producing machines at an expanding and at maximum capacity. To order a machine you now go on to next years waiting list. At present about 35% of sugar is machine harvested (20% 8yrs ago) and with the sheer size and expansion of sugar production is only slowly going up slowly. In the center south the Govenment has set a target of 100% is to be cut green by 2015. This neans no burning and essentially machine harvesting as all handcutting is done using burnt cane.
    Moving to machine harvesting cannot be done overnight!!!!!!!!!

    JP, Australia.

  • jony

    Ch.c once an idiot…always an idiot
    Feeding the poor in richest Swiss region

    This is in Switzerlandˢ۪s most affluent region, based on per capita income, but still there are pockets of poverty.
    The people in the queue watch millionairesˢ۪ yachts bobbing in the nearby lake, as they wait for their numbers to be called.

    Itˢ۪s like a lottery. They never know what they will be taking home with them. This week, there are fresh vegetables, lemons, eggs, yoghurts, sugar, tea and chocolate. For a nominal fee of SFr1 ($0.80), they can fill up their paper shopping bags.

    Each of these people has been referred by social services À¢€“ they have the identity cards to prove it.

    The food is provided by the Zurich-based charity, Tischlein deck dich (Table Be Set). The name is based on a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers.

    Britta Kiefer, who runs the diner, Podium 41, told swissinfo: “We give them the amount of food they need to suit the size of their household.

    “For single mothers with one child, it helps a lot. But for larger families, itÀ¢€™s just a drop in the ocean.”

    The beneficiaries
    The outward appearance of the people standing in line in this central Swiss town provides no clues as to their desperate economic state. They are mostly well groomed and neatly dressed.

    According to the charity, Swiss Workersˢ۪ Aid, most poor people are ashamed of their financial situation and try to hide it.

    People are considered to be poor as soon as they earn less than 50 per cent of the average net salary for the country they live in. The charity estimates that 850,000 people live below the poverty line, despite having a range of social benefits at their disposal.

    The beneficiaries at Podium 41 vary from drug users and alcoholics to working people, who just cannot seem to make ends meet.

    Anj Iten, a former bookkeeper with a management school diploma, has been out of work for three years.

    “When I look for work in my field, all the adverts are targeted at 25-35 year-olds. I am 40 and a single mother. TheyÀ¢€™re not looking for people like me.”

    Swallow your pride

    She finds it very difficult to manage on welfare benefits alone, and says the food rations help her save SFr25-35 ($20.2-28.3) a week. “It takes some courage to come here, but you get used to it. ItÀ¢€™s so helpful that you really have to swallow your pride,” she told swissinfo.

    Suzi Rosenberger has three children, aged three, eight and 11, and works part time as a manicurist, but does not make enough to feed her family.

    “The food we receive here saves us four to five hundred francs per month,” she said.

    Montemurro Salvatore, who now works for Tischlein deck dich, has experienced his own riches to rags story. He used to own two restaurants, but the business collapsed, leaving him with nothing.

    He now helps with the food distributions. He believes that there are many more poor people in Zug and elsewhere who would benefit from food handouts.

    “In my opinion the food distributions are poorly advertised, and many people who could do with the help donÀ¢€™t dare to ask for it.”

    Food mountain

    About 250 million kilograms of edible food are destroyed in Switzerland every year. If this could be passed on instead to those living below the bread line, each of them would receive one kilo of food per day.

    Tischlein deck dich tries to save as much of the condemned food as possible for the people who need it most.

    Last year 84,000 bags of food, each weighing 5kg, were shared out among the poor.

    The goods come from large distributors and major supermarket chains. Non-perishable products are stored in a warehouse. The rest is dispersed on the same day.

    Three hundred volunteers hand out the goods at 23 distribution centres around the country. The warehouse staff and truck drivers are also volunteers.

    The charity, which is financed by donations from the public, from foundations and private companies, is on track to help more people in the near future.

    Up to five new distribution centres are being set up and the amount of food on offer will increase by 300 metric tons over the next two years.

    swissinfo, Julie Hunt in Zug

  • jony

    Ch.c once an idiot…always an idiot

    One in 11 Swiss lives below poverty line
    Brigitte Steimen says poverty has been a taboo subject for decades (Keystone)
    A growing number of Swiss do not earn enough money to pay their monthly bills, a new investigation into the state of poverty in Switzerland shows.
    The Swiss Labour Association (SAH), an independent charity with its roots in the trade unions, says one in every eleven Swiss is forced to live below the poverty line. The charity warns that the number is likely to rise still further in the future.

    The charity claims the number of working poor – employed people who live below the breadline – has risen to around 530,000 over the past twelve months.

    According to federal statistics published in March of last year, those worst affected by the threat of poverty are large families, single parents, workers with only primary education and the self-employed.

    A separate study carried out in Zurich last year also revealed that a third of the total population in Switzerland risks joining the ranks of the working poor.

    Invisible poverty
    Brigitte Steimen, director of the SAH, says the biggest obstacle to tackling poverty in Switzerland is its invisibility.

    À¢€œYou donÀ¢€™t really see poverty when you walk the streets and you donÀ¢€™t see many beggars, and since being poor is considered shameful, people hide and are very reluctant to ask the state for money,À¢€Â Steimen told swissinfo.

    À¢€œSwitzerland is not a paradise or some exotic country where there is no poverty,À¢€Â she added.

    Regina Aeppli, a Swiss parliamentarian who has campaigned for legislation to combat poverty, says Switzerlandˢ۪s international reputation as a wealthy country is at the same time both accurate and misleading.

    À¢€œSwitzerland is of course a very rich country, but the problem is that three per cent of the inhabitants have 90 per cent of the wealth, while the remaining 97 per cent have to share the rest,À¢€Â she said.

    À¢€œSo we have a layer of people who are not able to run their lives on their salaries and who are in need of help from the state,À¢€Â she added.

    Taboo subject
    Steimen says poverty has been a taboo subject in Switzerland for decades, and people have only recently become aware of the extent of the problem.

    À¢€œUntil about two years ago it was like a taboo, and nobody really talked about it, but people are now more conscious of this problem,À¢€Â explained Steimen. À¢€œIt has certainly been a challenge to get the message across.À¢€Â

    The SAH says 18 per cent of Swiss women – many of whom are single mothers looking after two or more children – currently live beneath the poverty line, earning a monthly salary of less than SFr3,000 ($1,800).

    À¢€œWomen are proportionally more in danger of falling into the poverty trap, so we really want to focus on this issue,À¢€Â added Steimen.

    À¢€œWe put millions and millions of Swiss francs into supporting agriculture, for instance,À¢€Â said Steimen, À¢€œbut we donÀ¢€™t invest enough money in education, and I think there definitely needs to be a change.À¢€Â

    Steimen admits it is unlikely poverty will ever be fully eradicated, but she is confident that the vicious cycle of low income and debt can be kept under control.

    À¢€œI think the recent international focus on poverty has really put the issue on the domestic political agenda, and I am optimistic that things will hopefully change for the better in the future.À¢€Â

  • jony

    Ch.c once an idiot…always an idiot
    Chc…once an idiot always an idiot!!!
    Here is an article you should be very familiar with…it’s about your country Switzerland the one you so proudly uses it as the measuring stick to the rest of the inferior world!!!
    I would ask for the fellow commentators to take five minutes of their time to read the 3 articles belowÀ¢€¦and tell me why doesnÀ¢€™t Mr.Ch.c puts his incredibly superior mind, capable of single handedly, recognizing and solving all the Brazilian economic problemsÀ¢€¦ to solve his own country disastrous path of self destruction!!!???
    As the article states:
    À¢€œSwitzerland is of course a very rich country, but the problem is that three per cent of the inhabitants have 90 per cent of the wealth, while the remaining 97 per cent have to share the restÀ¢€Â.
    How can a country with only 7 million people, have 850,000 people living below the poverty line??? That to me, tantamount to a third world economy!!! But its ok because they all have nice blond hair and sparkling baby blue eyes and they starve in style??? Preposterous!!!
    And this a*****e is here every night for the past 4 years teaching Brazilians how to succeed and how to think??? Laughable but indefensible!!!
    Get a gun Ch.cÀ¢€¦ go for a long walk and do what you need to doÀ¢€¦


    Poverty alarm sounds in Swiss cities

    One in ten Swiss children is living below the poverty line (Keystone Archive)
    Related story
    À‚·Poor education blamed for poverty gap
    One in ten children in Swiss towns and cities is living below the poverty line, according to a report published on Tuesday.
    The study of nine urban areas in northern Switzerland showed an À¢€œalarmingÀ¢€Â ten per cent rise in welfare cases in 2003.
    The report, compiled by Urban Initiative, noted that welfare cases rose by 15 per cent in Zurich and Basel.
    The organisation, which represents 50 Swiss towns and cities, called for an end to cutbacks, saying the time had come À¢€œto invest rather than economiseÀ¢€Â.
    It said more staff were needed to help people come off social security and rejoin the workforce.

    Child poverty

    The biggest concern is the number of children classed as living in poverty. Statistically, 87 of every 1,000 children in Switzerland fall into this category.

    In Basel last year, 12.5 per cent of children and young people under 18 were on welfare À¢€“ almost three times the average for adults.

    À¢€œThe highest social welfare assistance ratios involved children and young people under 18,À¢€Â revealed Michael Hohn, director of social affairs for the city of Bern.

    The report called on businesses to step up training and recruitment initiatives, adding that more than half of all new cases were related to unemployment.

    Hohn said children in cash-strapped families had limited access to education and training schemes, and faced a greater prospect of poverty in adulthood.

  • ch.c.

    Be proud of such a sadness……
    knowing that around 40 % of your 400 millions tons or so of sugarcane…..
    10 TONS !!!!!!!

    What a shame, what a shame, what a shame, knowing that there is sugarcane mechanical harvesters…..AVAILABLE !!!!!!

    Why dont you then also create millions of jobs and handharvest your soya, corn and wheat ?????

    Yessss a real tragedy for these Brazilian citizens !

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