Mozambique: Zambézia province plans to re-launch tea production

2 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 2 June – The provincial director for Agriculture of Mozambique’s Zambezia province, Momed Vala, said Friday that the regional government planned to re-launch tea production, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

Zambézia used to export tea and in the 1970s many thousands of people were employed by state tea company Emocha, but the civil war completely destroyed the tea plantations.

According to Vala there has been a modest recovery, with 7,000 hectares planted of the 39,000 available to plant tea.

However, the companies involved have, according to Vala, had serious difficulties in access to bank loans.

“We want to re-launch tea production in the province as the sector could employ 20,000 or 22,000 people,” Vala said adding that tea producers needed to organise themselves into associations in order to coordinate their activities and benefit from economies of scale. (macauhub)