Mozambique: Fruit Processing
A fruit processing factory should begin operations in December in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, the Provincial Director of Agriculture, Pedro Zucula, has told AIM.
Although a wide variety of fruit grows abundantly in Mozambique, most of the tinned fruit, jams, preserves and fruit juice consumed in the country is currently imported, mainly from South Africa.
Work on the new factory began in the first quarter of this year.
Zucula said the factory is budgeted at 700,000 euros (almost a million US dollars). The money comes from the government's own Agricultural Promotion Fund.
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Zucula said that, when working at full capacity, the factory will be able to process five tonnes of fruit an hour.
The fruit grown in Inhambane includes mangoes, pineapples, oranges and tangerines. Zucula said that every year the province produces about 150,000 tonnes of citrus fruit, planted over an area of 10,000 hectares.
He believed that many other species of fruit trees can be grown in the province, if the land is made available. Recently 250 hectares has been allocated to pineapple production, and it is expected to produce 20 tonnes of the fruit per hectare.