Production of the Ethanol from Sweet Potato feedstock
The ethanol plant was established in 2009 with a design capacity of 60 million liters of ethanol relying on 140,000 tons of molasses from a sugar factory and 100,000 tons of molasses from other factories. The factory did not yet achieve the production of the total designed capacity because of the low production of required molasses.
Therefor the company has begun to search for alternatives feedstock to reach the design capacity of the plant by raising ethanol production from 30 million liters to 60 million liters per year by exploiting sweet potatoes as a new input to production. Sweet potato production can take place in Kenana, in addition to contracting with out-growers, which means providing the raw material at the lowest possible cost and increasing their estimated income.