Inhambane, Mozambique, 11 Jan – Five factories for processing agricultural products are scheduled to go into operation in the first half of 2007 in Mozambique’s Inhambane province according to a report in newspaper, Notícias.
In March a tangerine and orange juice factory is due to open in Inharrime, in the south of Inhambane. The factory’s equipment, which came from India, and represents an investment of 130,000 euros, is in its final stages of assembly.
In April a dried cashew fruit factory is due to start operating in Inharrime.
The provincial agricultural director for Inhambane, Gabriel Belém Monteiro, said that in the south of the province this year a factory would be set up to make bottles for juices and hot chili sauce produced in the Nhacoongo area.
According to Belém Monteiro a study was also underway for a cotton factory in Jangamo that is currently at a standstill.
The starting up of the five units is expected to create 600 jobs.
With the aim of improving harvests an irrigation project is underway in the areas of Govuro and Mabuto, next to the Save river, estimated to cost US$12 million, of which US$9 million have been provided by the Arab Development Bank. (macauhub)