Both evenings we walked around the sugar mill looking at what was going on.
The photos are a mix of the two walks.
On the Tuesday night Andrew and I heard loud cheering and went to investigate.
There were many people watching a soccer game. Andrew estimated a couple of thousand.
The sugar mill produces a third of Tanzania's sugar, and has been operating since 1936. I found the following article online which gave us some information about the size of the business:
TPC currently produces 800,000 tons of cane per annum. This is processed on-site to produce 375 tonnes of sugar per day, or 85,000 tonnes per year.
TPC Limited is the biggest company and the largest employer in the Kilimanjaro region - 2000 people are employed on-site.
The energy for their processes, including irrigation and domestic consumption, is derived on-site from the combustion of bagasse, a sugar cane by-product, to create a clean, renewable energy source. TPC is able to supply all the villages on the estate as well as those on the perimeter and still has a little excess to offer to the national grid.
both peaks of Kilimanjaro (Kibo & Mawenzi) were on show
we could see Mt Meru from the plantation
waiting for a sugarcane train to pass
Terry & Tim
Credit for some of the photos (the good ones!) go to Peter and Terry.