Mozambique: Sugar producers expected to produce 295,000 tonnes of sugar this year

14 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 May – Mozambique’s four sugar factories are this year expected to produce around 295,000 tonnes of sugar, significantly more than the 240,000 tonnes in the 2007 campaign, according to the Mozambican Sugar Producers Association (Apamo).

Last year, sugar producers set a maximum production target of 290,000 tonnes, but this was not possible due, mainly, to the late start to the harvest and processing of the sugar cane.

According to figures provided by Apamo to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the Maragra campaign is likely to see production of 79,700 tonnes, Xinavane is expected to have production of 80,400 tonnes, the Mafambisse sugar factory 60,000 tonnes and Companhia do Sena will have production of 75,000 tonnes.

Until the 1970s Mozambique was one of the world’s four largest sugar producers, but the civil war led to the companies halting production for a long period of time.

Efforts made at the end of the 1990s led to investments of US$350 million before 2004 with a view to re-launching the four units that are currently in operation.

This year the companies are expected to launch a new cycle of investments, totalling over US$250 million.

The four sugar companies operating in Mozambique by 2012 are forecast to have annual production of around 500,000 tonnes of sugar. (macauhub)