Assalaya Sugar Factory Wastes to be Reprocessed in Gezira Aba
Sudanese Minister of Environment has announced that the ministry and the management of Assalaya Sugar Factory in the While Nile State have reached an equation to end the suffering of Gezira from environmental pollution resulting from industrial waste the factory has been disposing over the past thirty years.
The Minister of environment, Hassan Abdel Gadir Hilal told Ashrooq TV that the ministry reached a solution with the factory that sewage water will be used for irrigating forests and lands in the area; especially most of the lands in the area are arid, where saplings can be planted and irrigated from the waste waters.
“We want make use of every drop of water so that it is not wasted…we will recycle the factory’s water,” Hilal added.
The manager of the factory Al Tahir Al Sadiq told Ashrooq TV Channel that it was the first time to keep sewage water at the factory since last February in three basins to use it in forest irrigation. He indicated that research is underway between the sugar company and the University of Khartoum and the Ministry of Environment to ensure that sewage water reaches the White Nile useful for humans and animals.
A number of residents in villages adjacent to the sugar factory have complained about negative effects on irrigated agricultural sector and the environment surrounding their villages due to the waste of Assalaya Sugar Factory.
A committee for victims of Al Jassir area, Al Gezira Aba, demanded federal authorities speed up solution to the problem, while the factory’s administration assured that research and technical operations were launched to process the pollutes water. The factory’s disposals have been mixing with the White Nile water at Al-Jassir area since the establishment of the factory without sewage system over 30 years, which have caused great harm to animal and fish resources sectors in addition to degradation forest and plants sector.
The head of victims committee Abdel Rahman Al Sidiq Idriss described the problem as serious and demanded the minister of environment stop a damage he terms as a “redline”
Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abdallah, a farmer, has complaint about decrease in land’s production - a sole source of income – due to the factory’s wastes. He appealed to authorities for swift intervention.
By Ashrooq TV, 19/05/2012