New sugar silo in Maputo increases storage capacity to 175,000 tons

14 September 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Sept – Four southern African countries, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, have invested the equivalent of 1.5 million euros in building another sugar silo in Maputo increasing the respective sugar terminal’s storage capacity to 175,000 tons, officials said.

Inaugurated Tuesday, the new silo has a 50,000 ton capacity is part of the strategy of these countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to create a regional competitive dynamic, expanding the product’s export markets.

The four country’s together produce around 4 million tons of sugar per year, 40 percent of which is exported, contributing some 70 million euros to the region’s economies.

In Mozambique in 2005 the sector’s production totaled 2.2 million tons of sugar cane, more than 265,000 tons of sugar and 81,000 tons of molasses, in a total harvested area of 31,000 hectares.. (macauhub)