Grande Mayumba Agriculture Company
Through the Grande Mayumba Agriculture Company based in southern Gabon, we are implementing one of the most promising large-scale, greenfield agricultural developments worldwide.
Our concession incorporates over 200,000 ha of undeveloped grassland, of which 40,000 ha is irrigable and suitable for commercial crops with significant revenue generation potential. The key to this development is its integrated approach and supporting infrastructure, including a shallow water port located within 100 km, power, water supply, roads and municipal services.
Sugar cane will be the anchor crop, with 23,000 ha zoned for its cultivation. The choice of sugar cane as the anchor crop is supported by:
- Favourable agronomic and climatic conditions, including good soils, high mean annual rainfall and plentiful water supply from the Nyanga River;
- The value of molasses as feedstock for cattle;
- It’s potential to produce energy from bagasse & ethanol for local power provision;
- Its suitability for mechanisation, required in this sparsely populated area
- The local availability of lime, which is required to boost sugar yields.
By 2030 we expect to be producing 228 000 tonnes of sugar per year, helping to satisfy pent-up regional demand. Nigeria alone currently imports about 1,74 million tonnes of raw sugar per year from much further afield
The development of regional infrastructure, such as roads, modular mills, a bagasse plant, lime quarry and port, to support the production of sugar cane is planned by 2025. This infrastructure will support the development of supplementary crops such as rice, maize, soy beans, avocados and citrus, optimising the commercial value of the agribusinesses and help to fulfil regional food security requirements.
The other major focus will be the progressive development of an existing cattle ranching business with 6,500 head of cattle to meet the need for locally produced protein and reduce the consumption of bushmeat.
Detailed technical and commercial feasibility studies have been concluded, and contractual rights and incentives secured, which align with national agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks. A detailed sugar feasibility assessment has been completed by American Sugar and trial planting has been conducted. Pre-feasibility studies have been conducted on other mixed crops.