SUDAN, MALAYSIA SIGN MOU TO PRODUCE JATROPHA OIL

KHARTOUM-- The Higher Council for Environment and Urban Development of Sudan's Khartoum State has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia's Bionas group for a project to produce jatropha oil.

The signing of the MoU during a workshop organized by the Agriculture Committee of Sudan's National Assembly (lower house of parliament) here Thursday. The project is set to produce two million tons of Jatropha oil a year.

Representatives of the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee say the aim of the project is to help fight poverty and raise the standard of living of the people, increase capacity-building for small producers in rural areas by targeting 4.6 million people.

The Director of the Africa City of Technology, Dr Osama Al-Reis, said the production of biofuel was a national project aimed at bridging the gap in production of electricity, especially at rural areas.

The Minister at the Higher Council for Environment of Khartoum State, Major-General Omer Nimir, stressed the importance of Parliament's role in enactment of laws and legislation in the environmental field, as well as the importance of partnerships to make use of the Malaysian experience in the production of biofuels.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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