ALGIERS- A new production line was inaugurated, on Thursday in Algiers, at the edible oil refining unit of the public company “Mahroussa”, a subsidiary of the “Agrodiv” group, increasing the production from 130 to 400 tons/day.
The commissioning of this new production line was given at the Port of Algiers, in the presence of the Minister of Industry, Ahmed Zeghdar and the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Kamel Rezig.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Zeghdar clarified that the launch of this line in parallel with the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Independence, constitutes “a commitment to the government’s orientations in terms of qualification of public companies and revision of the governance of several groups”.
“The increase in the production of the Mahroussa company confirms the particular interest that the President of the Republic has for this project and for all the economic and strategic projects of the country”, he pointed out, stressing that the launch of this new line will promote the creation of new jobs to bring their number to 260 workers as well as the increase in production capacity from 130 to 400 tonnes/day, or approximately 25% of demand of the domestic market.
In this vein, Mr. Zeghdar paid visits to the various pavilions of the company’s edible oil factory and inquired about the progress of the production capacity expansion works, including the sauce production project whose completion rate is currently at 80%, emphasizing continued efforts to expand production work to meet the growing domestic demand for this mass-consumed product in the domestic market.
He indicated that the industry sector took “a great interest in the revival of all companies whose activity is at a standstill, in particular economic public companies, those confiscated by final judicial decisions and whose owners are being prosecuted for corruption cases”.
The Minister recalled that 51 units and companies have been identified, of which 35 have seen their activities relaunched where 10 have entered the operating phase, adding that the activity of the other companies will be relaunched before the end of the current year with job opportunities for 5,177 workers in 35 companies out of a total of 51.
For his part, the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion highlighted the role of this unit in improving the distribution of this product across the country and achieving self-sufficiency, especially after the entry into production of the oil factories of Oran, Mascara, Jijel and Tipasa, affirming that the adoption of this system of production of table oil “will make Algeria a pioneer country in Africa”.