The African Plantation Company is Sudan’s prime leader in crop production, recognised for its pragmatic approach to developing agriculture and its pioneering role in rain fed farming.
Established in 1969, APCO is a subsidiary of Mahgoub Sons Group and the oldest and largest company in the group. Since its establishment, APCO has expanded the area it farms from 43,000 Acres to over 200,000 Acres of land across different regions of Sudan, cultivating a wide variety of food and cash crops including, but not limited to, sesame, sorghum, maize, sunflower and cotton.
Crop harvesting is fully mechanized with the exception of cotton which is 95% mechanized. The harvested crops are delivered to MSG’s different companies and factories for packing, processing and export as appropriate. Cotton is taken to Alhourri Ginning Factory to be ginned and prepared for export. Sesame is cleaned and Hulled at a group-owned hulling factory in Gadarif state, and subsequently transported to one of three destinations; Almahgoub Factory for Sweets, Tahniya and Tahini where it covers 100% of the factory’s needs, Delta Oil Refinery for the production of sesame oil and MSG Trading for export. Sorghum is packaged and exported through MSG trading.
APCO has recently adopted a partnership model with local farmers, where the farmer provides land, water and labour, and APCO provides best in class agricultural inputs such as seeds, chemicals and fertilizers that are ethically sourced and imported from different countries, as well as supplying the farmers with machinery, farming implements and management advice. This model has proved mutually beneficial for both parties and facilitated the transfer of knowledge to localfarmers in a way that is revolutionising farming in the whole of Sudan.
Future plans include the expansion of both the irrigated and rain-fed farming, across APCO’s different regions and locations, with the aim of reaching 1 Million Feddans by 2023.