This ginning factory is on the northern side of Hasahisa.It was a revolution at the time and gave employment to women from all over the region. Unfortunately it led to a considerable amount of deafness.
To get across the Blue Nile, there are no bridges as yet before Wad Medani, although a new bridge will open soon.
At present the only way to get to Rufaa and other towns on the eastern bank is by the Hasahisa Ferry. The ferry takes a few cars and passengers, and the crossing is short,
All shops in Sudanese local markets are stalls, small shops or even a table. They are places of lively hustle and bustle, bargaining and very colourful places.
At the end of the main street of the market, turn right and you reach the newer shopping area with 'proper' shops.
What to buy: Fruit, material, spices.
What to pay: as much or as little as you can afford.
Guneid Sugar Factory was established in 1962 to meet the local sugar demand, and reduce import of white sugar. It also aimed to bring development into the area.
Guneid is located on the east bank of the Blue Nile, 120 Km south east of Khartoum.
There are about 2511 tenants farming an area of 42816 feddans. It produces about 850,000 tons per year.
The crop season is around 190 days a year.
The factory also runs its own ferry across the Blue Nile, for vehicles carrying the sugar.
Favorite thing: The new bridge- as yet unopened 2009- will make the present ferries obsolete. It will give access to the towns of El Hilaliya and Rufaa on the east bank, and to the Guneid Sugar Factory. It is one of a series of new bridges to be built across the Nile.