Al Nouran Sugar (ANS) is a primary player and powerhouse in the Egyptian sugar industry. As such, it is not only concerned with pioneering an industry and advancing it solely from an economic perspective. ANS is also pioneering the establishment of a long-term sustainable model for the production of sugar in Egypt and similar countries throughout the region. ANS’s activities, whether in the field of agriculture or manufacturing, have been advancing the communities in which the company operates by leveraging the inherent advantages in the value chain.
These advantages have allowed the company to mitigate some of the adverse effects of the modern agricultural process, such as increased carbon emissions and the destructive results of over-consumption of resources, in addition to the exploitation of labor and disenfranchised farmers. These advantages include:
As an alternative to sugarcane production, beet cultivation offers a number of key benefits to both the environment and local laborers and farmers. The process of beet cultivation requires four times less water than sugarcane, allowing for greater water conservation at a time when the United Nations estimates that Egypt is facing an annual water deficit of c. 7 billion cubic meters, warning that Egypt could run out of water by the year 2025.
On newly cultivated land, the sugar beet optimizes soil quality by absorbing salts. Furthermore, it can be cultivated using all forms of irrigation methods, from flooding to dripping, allowing for more sustainable methods of agriculture to be employed. Optimizing soil quality also means that a smaller surface area can be used to produce the same crop yield as sugarcane. This not only improves space utilization of the land but also constrains the environmentally damaging aspects of agriculture such as degrading soil quality.
Beets are a winter crop, grown during Egypt’s approximately six months of cool and cold weather, and so beet production allows farmers to also plant traditional summer crops, hence maximizing land utilization and reducing the need to cultivate additional land plots.
The proximity of the ANS facility to strategic ports and a refinery allows for essential benefits to the community. The reduction of transportation, haulage and fuel costs will save the ANS facility as much as EGP 450 per ton of sugar, while proximity also leads to a reduction of carbon emissions, as the distance required to transport goods and materials is reduced.