A sesame processing plant which can daily produce 7 tons of value-added sesame per hour and 6 tons of purified sesame oil every 8 hours started operations yesterday in Magway Region.
“The plant is making value-added products using good manufacturing practices (GMP) and it is only processing sesame seeds supplied by 600 growers from 30 villages in Minbu and Magway townships. The sesame is being produced in accordance with Good Agriculture Practices (GAP). The value-added sesame products will be placed in the export markets. The sesame oil will be distributed under the Taungthuyadana trademark label,” said an official in charge of the plant.
“The plant was initiated under the Italy-based Progetto Continenti (PC) project, which aims to consolidate the productive base of small-scale sesame growers through their training and organization, promotion of sustainable agriculture, and upgradation of the value chain. When that project’s term was nearly due, sesame growers’ groups were set up to help growers who participated in the project to find a market. Now, they are supplying raw materials to sesame processing plants,” said U Naing Win Lat, project manager for agriculture.
The cost of the new facility is estimated at Ks180 million, including infrastructure costs for electricity and water, and installation of sesame seeds cleaning machine, weighing machine, packaging machine, oil producing machine, storage tank, laboratory, and drainage system, which was carried out with the use of Italian technology.
“Those growers who have linked with the plant have a firm market. Also, they do not have to pay additional charges to brokers,” said U Sein Aung Min, a member of a sesame grower group from Nankan Village in Magway Township.
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)