Malawi urged to maximize ethanol production

The Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi says the country could draw lessons from Brazil and produce flex fuel from its sugarcane.

Flex fuel is a mixture of a certain percentage of ethanol and gasoline.

Speaking to YONECO FM online, president for the association Frighton Njolomole said the country has not maximized on ethanol production even though sugarcane production levels are very high.

“The country produces a lot of sugar for domestic use and export but, sugarcane cannot only be producing sugar only we have ethanol which is being produced by our ethanol plants in Dwanga and Chikwawa,” he said.

Njolomole therefore said it is important for the country to realize how production of flex fuel can boost the economy in ways that tobacco could not.

“Malawi can get somewhere if it produced flex fuel and this will assist farmers because production of sugarcane will be increased and so will ethanol and that has a huge bearing on the country’s economy,” he said.

Njolomole added that we could also get flex vehicles when production levels for ethanol are maximized.

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