The roots of Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) go back to the 1970s when Sudan was identified as one of the countries that could potentially help meet the food supply shortage. This is because Sudan is blessed with resources such as vast tracts of land suitable for cultivation and agricultural production, abundant water supply from the Nile, the Blue Nile and the White Nile, bountiful rainfall and huge reservoir of underground water. All this pledged on turning Sudan into the world’s breadbasket to achieve food security.
On June 9, 1972, the Sugar Agreement was signed between the Government of Sudan and Lonrho Limited to do a feasibility study on the establishment of a large sugar company. The Founders’ Agreement was signed in February 1975 to form the company with a crushing capacity of 17,000 MT of cane per day to produce 300,000 MT of sugar by 1978-79. The Government allocated 168,000 Acres of land at concessional price, and granted customs and taxation concessions to the company.