About The Founder
Born in 1925 in Wadi Halfa, Sudan, Merghani Mahgoub was an entrepreneur and a progressive agricultural thinker who had an extraordinary vision for Sudan – a Sudanese green revolution – motivated by a deep commitment to Sudan and its people, and an overarching philosophy that agriculture is the key to the country’s economic and social development. His most enduring legacy is Mahgoub Sons Group, a Sudanese establishment that is growing confidently to realize his vision.
Having earned a degree in agriculture from Gordon College, Mr. Mahgoub went on to work at the Ministry of Agriculture as a farming inspector. In 1955, he decided to venture out on his own, where he focused on growing sorghum in El-Gedaref State – east of Sudan. In 1969, Mr. Mahgoub dared to dream bigger and expanded into the production of cotton, sunflower, and sesame seeds. It was then that the African Plantation Company was born, the first company under Mahgoub Sons Group.
Among his many achievements, Merghani Mahgoub established the first agricultural consultancy firm in Sudan. Technical Consultation Services (TCS) which played a pivotal role in the development of major agricultural projects at the time, including the Rahad Project, Kenana Project, Aljazeera Scheme and the Aweel Rice Production. Not only was he a visionary entrepreneur, but also a seasoned politician who was elected in 1966 to represent the state of New Halfa in Parliament.
Mahgoub Sons Group has seen phenomenal growth and success since its founding and has positioned itself at the forefront of Sudan’s agriculture sector. Today, the company is managed by the second and third generations who share the late Merghani Mahgoub’s philosophy that there is no alternative to agriculture but agriculture.