Sugarcane is a prime cash crop all over the world. Besides sugar production, sugarcane produces numerous valuable byproducts like, alcohol used by pharmaceutical industry, ethanol used as a fuel, Bagasse used for paper, and chip board manufacturing and press mud used as a rich source of organic matter and nutrients for crop production. Pakistan has amongst the largest cane growing acreages in the world and the harvesting season starts in November and runs through March of the following year. RYKML comprises of two mills, located in Rahim Yar Khan District & Ghotki, both of which are considered the best sugarcane growing belts given abundant availability of quality sugarcane with the highest sucrose recovery rates in Pakistan. RYKML is able to capitalize on these advantages:
- Cane productivity and sugar recovery per unit area is the highest. Geographically, RYK District & Ghotki have the advantage of fertile soil and yield highest among the various agriculture belts in Pakistan.
- Maintaining direct relationship with cane farmers ensures adequate cane availability and uninterrupted supply .
To make the value chain sustainable, in-house research is being utilized to field for better yield, recovery improvement and cost reduction.
Sugar is produced from the evaporation of the juice extracted from the crushed cane. Widely used as a sweetener in food and beverages, the major chunk of sugar sold within Pakistan is loose and packaged.
RYKML is equipped with the state of the art technology to produce pure white crystal cane sugar of the highest purity: refined white sugar crystal, clean dry appearance, free falling, free of foreign materials, free of agglomeration, odorless and sweet pure taste. It is by far the best sugar produced in the country. Utilizing the capacity to crush 21,000 tons of sugarcane per day, RYKML Group produces 106,300 M tons white refined sugar per annum.
Products specifications include:
|Moisture, W/W||0.03% - 0.05%|
|Grain Size||0.8mm - 1mm|
|Preferred shelf life||20 Months|
Sugar may be used in numerous applications in both the food and nonfood industries such as:
- Frozen foods
Molasses, thick dark syrup in formation, is a byproduct generated from the manufacture of sugar. It is retrieved during sugar refining through repetitive crystallization of sugar syrup obtained by sugarcane crushing. Molasses holds out diverse possibilities as a product. It can be sold untreated as well as can be used as the principal feedstock for the manufacture of alcohol and a host of downstream chemicals: ethanol, yeast and cattle feed. Thus, sold locally both for human consumption and for industrial use, Molasses provides another earning stream for the Group.
The cyclicality of the sugar business benefits from the renewable nature and the steady demand of this ‘green’ business.
Bagasse is the fibrous residue left over after milling of the Cane, with 45-50% moisture content and high hygroscopic property. Generated as a by-product in sugar manufacture process, Bagasse can be used profitably in two ways - for the manufacture of pulp / paper products & building materials and for the generation of electricity. It is also emerging as an attractive feedstock for bioethanol production and is also utilized as feedstock for cattle.
Cogeneration from Bagasse offers renewable energy options that spur sustainable development, utilize domestic resources, multiply profitability and competitiveness in the industry, and cost-effectively address climate mitigation and other environmental goals.