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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Sugar Made?

At the sugar mill, machines wash, cut, and shred the stalks into a pulpy mass. With water continually sprayed on it, this pulpy mass is crushed between rollers to squeeze out the sugary juice, called cane juice.
The liquid, now a dark grayish-green color, is heated to its boiling point, and chemicals are added to remove impurities. Next, the juice is placed in huge tanks to evaporate, leaving thick syrup.

How is mud removed from juice?

Lime and flocculants are usually added to the juice as slurry. A subsider then removes heavy contaminants from the juice. Subsiding, the process of allowing heavy materials to sink or fall to the bottom, usually removes the majority of dirt and the chemical mud formed from the reaction between the phosphate in the juice and the added lime from juice. The mud is then spread across a moving filter (a rotary drum filter) and ‘washed’ to leech out any remaining sucrose before removal from the factory

What are sugar driers?

Driers are large cylinders, which are fluted and rotate to pass the crystal through at an even rate whilst dry air is applied via ducted fans or large air conditioners. Moisture levels and sucrose purity are important measures for sugar quality. What are the important quality parameters in sugar? Moisture levels and sucrose purity are important measures for sugar quality.

Do you use chemicals in sugar manufacture?

No chemicals are added to sugar, only a small amount of sulphur and lime are used as processing aides.

What is the processing capacity of Mumias?

The processing capacity of Mumias Sugar Company is 380 TCH (tonnes of cane per hour).

Does mumias export sugar?

Yes, mumias exports sugar to Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan

What are the by products of sugar manufacture?

Molasses and Baggase are the main by products of sugar manufacture.

Where do you get your raw material?

Smallholder farmers (out growers) who have been contracted by the company grow sugar cane. The company also has its own sugarcane nucleus estate where it grows sugarcane.

What are sugar driers?

Driers are large cylinders, which are fluted and rotate to pass the crystal through at an even rate whilst dry air is applied via ducted fans or large air conditioners. Moisture levels and sucrose purity are important measures for sugar quality. What are the important quality parameters in sugar? Moisture levels and sucrose purity are important measures for sugar quality.

What is baggasse?

This is the biomass remaining after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. Bagasse is often used as a primary fuel source for sugar mills; when burned in quantity, it produces sufficient heat energy to supply all the needs of a typical sugar mill, with energy to spare.

How do you generate electricity?

Bagasse is often used as a primary fuel source for sugar mills; when burned in quantity, it produces sufficient heat energy to supply all the needs of a typical sugar mill, with energy to spare. To this end, a secondary use for this waste product is in cogeneration, the use of a fuel source to provide both heat energy, used in the mill, and electricity, which is typically sold on to the consumer electricity grid.

Which other products do you make apart from sugar?

Apart from sugar, Mumias Sugar Co Ltd makes molasses, which is a raw material for ethanol and animal feed. It also generates electricity.

Do you generate any form of wastes and how do you treat the wastes?

Wastes generally produced in sugar industry is bagasse which is used as a source of fuel and molasses which is used as.

What is molasses?

Molasses is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane into sugar. (In some parts of the US, molasses also refers to sorghum syrup.) The word molasses comes from the Portuguese word melaço, which comes from mel, the Portuguese word for "honey". The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugar cane or beet, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction.
 
 
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