PRESS RELEASE

Paraguay begins modernization of alcohol plant in Mauricio José Troche

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Friday, December 7, 2018

The producers of sugar cane in the department of Guairá received with great expectation the announcement of the President of the Republic, Mario Abdo Benítez, of the start of the investment plan for the modernization of the industrial plant of Petropar installed in the city of Mauricio José Troche. It will be with an initial investment of approximately 7.6 million dollars, with the accompaniment and coordination of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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The program of modernization of the alcohol plant of Mauricio José Troche has a technical, economic, social and environmental focus.

NEW STAGE

"We are here to start a new phase, a new era for our alcohol plant and above all for our growers, their families and all the nearby communities." The signing of this agreement marks the starting point for the improvement work of the mill current and the construction of a new mill "meant the president of Petropar, Patricia Samudio.

APPROXIMATE INVESTMENT OF 7.6 MILLION DOLLARS

The modernization actions, which will be carried out through an investment of approximately US $ 7.6 million, are in line with the National Development Plan 2030, the National Energy Plan 2040, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). They will be carried out under the modality of "Implementation by the Government" with the support of UNDP, which will monitor the implementation, provide technical advice, provide administrative services for the hiring of personnel and companies, purchase equipment, goods and services, make requested payments , and prepare administrative and financial reports.

"With this investment, Mr. President, we are going to double the production of the plant, this plant that is the heart of this community that lives empowered by the work and effort of all these cañicultores that are here today, of their colleagues who are in the field and of all their families, "Samudio said.

AIM TO GENERATE JOBS

The project has a technical aspect of repairing the mill and, on the other hand, environmental and social aspects, besides generating a source of employment and goods for the community that lives around.

"We want this plant to be a source of employment but also of goods for the community that lives around," Linda Maguire, Resident Representative of UNDP, remarked on the occasion.

MORE THAN 32 THOUSAND FAMILIES

With this modernization, the Troche Alcohol Plant will guarantee decent work throughout the area, thus helping to reduce poverty, with the improvement of the income of the working population.

More than 32 thousand people will be benefited among cañicultores, officials and others involved in the alcohol production chain.

UNDP SUPPORT

Through this pilot project, UNDP will support the improvement strategy of the industrial plant with the aim of responding promptly to its operational difficulties, which mainly affect some 1,800 sugarcane growers who provide raw material for the production of ethanol, as well as as to the final consumer.

The improvement strategy includes the repair of the current plant, the implementation of a new modern plant of greater scope, and the electrification of the original plant to achieve greater efficiency in the process. This will finally have two plants in operation, which may significantly increase production.

The work of the next 7 months will focus on solving the production stoppages - grinding line, the most critical point - with what can be produced continuously by at least three harvests; assist the growers registered in the provision of fertilizers to improve the agricultural and industrial performance of the 2019 harvest and generate, through specialized socio-environmental consultancies, the bases and technical, economic, social and environmental roadmap for the development plan of the plant.

WILL BENEFIT ALL THE PRODUCTIVE CHAIN

The Minister of Industry and Commerce (MIC), Lyz Crámer, expressed his satisfaction for the millionaire investment that is projected with the modernization of the industrial plant of Mauricio José Troche, taking into account that it will directly benefit this community.

SUPPORT FOR PETROPAR MANAGEMENT

He indicated that this process will be 3 stages, begins today and will extend until the year 2021. He said that the MIC's support for this initiative "goes through all that is the management of Petropar" for the benefit of an entire community, taking into account that Petropar is an autonomous, self-sufficient and independent institution in its administration.

A GREAT DEVELOPMENT WORK

FOR THE TROCHE COMMUNITY

On the occasion, a cooperation agreement between Petropar and the Paraguayan Institute of Crafts (IPA) was also signed. This alliance will promote the creation of the First School of Ao Po'í del Paraguay, based in Mauricio José Troche.

On the point, Adriana Ortiz, president of the Paraguayan Institute of Crafts, expressed her satisfaction to participate in this meeting and the signing of the agreement with what starts a great work of development in the community of Troche, according to said.

SALES PLAN THROUGH PETROPAR STATIONS

"We at Troche have first class artisans and this signature will allow us to form the first Authentic Ao Po'i Workshop School, which will allow the new generation of artisans' children to get involved again in what is embroidery, and empowering women so that they can make from their homes a sales plan through the Petropar stations throughout the country, "emphasized Adriana Ortiz.

PROMOTION OF POPULAR CRAFTSMANSHIP

He also expressed his gratitude to the Presidency of the Republic, "where we presented a project with the Itaipu Binational to dress the Palace with folk art and indigenous art and they accepted".

This Paraguay government press release was published using an automatic translation system.