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Laranjeiras (Orange Trees) Sugarcane Factory

An area of 32,364 hectares, composed of 77 total plantations.

Laranjeiras (Orange Trees) Sugarcane Factory

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Last update: 05/02/2013

By: Lúcia Gaspar - Librarian of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Founded in 1959, in the municipality of Vicência, its first proprietors were Benjamin O. da Costa Azevedo and João Pinto Lapa, and later Armando de Queiroz Monteiro.

The current factory replaced the old one of the same name, and with the Cucaú sugarcane factory makes up the Companhia Geral de Melhoramentos em Pernambuco (Improvements in Pernambuco General Company), which covers an area of 32,364 hectares, composed of 77 total plantations.

The Laranjeiras factory has a total area of 9,400 hectares, distributed over 28 of its own plantations and 20 leased. It has a work-force of 2,330 people with various educational levels and has a daily capacity to mill 8,000 tonnes of sugarcane. Its average production per harvest is 2,000,000 sacks of sugar, and its industrial area of 2,500 square metres employs 725 workers.

It maintains the Maria José Monteiro School, with 11 classrooms, cafeteria, library, music hall and auditorium; a medical clinic with internment services, pharmacy, dental, paediatric, gynaecologic and general clinics; a social club with a sports gymnasium, pools (adult and child), football field, athletic track, changing rooms and spectator seating.

Recife, 7 August 2003.
(Updated on 9 September 2009).

Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2012.

sources consulted

ANDRADE, Manuel Correia de. História das usinas de açúcar de Pernambuco. Recife: FJN. Ed. Massangana, 1989. 114 p. (República, v.1)

GONÇALVES & SILVA, O assucar e o algodão em Pernambuco. Recife: [s.n.], 1929. 90 p.

MOURA, Severino. Senhores de engenho e usineiros, a nobreza de Pernambuco. Recife: Fiam, CEHM, Sindaçúcar, 1998. 320 p. (Tempo municipal, 17).

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Source: GASPAR, Lúcia. Laranjeiras (Orange Trees) Sugarcane Factory. Pesquisa Escolar Online, Joaquim Nabuco Foudation, Recife. Available at:  <>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009