Mozambique: Mozambican sugar exports provide revenue of US$45.9 million in 2007

8 July 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – Mozambican sugar exports brought in revenues of US$45.9 million in 2007, a fall of 29 percent against 2006, newspaper Notícias reported.

In 2006, the sale of sugar abroad netted the country US$64 million (as a result of exporting 170,311 tonnes), an increase on the US$37.7 million posted in 2006.

The paper added that cashew production more than doubled between 2004 and 2005, reaching 104,000 tonnes, partly reflecting a rise in actual crop production levels.

However, in 2006 cashew production fell to around 65,000 tonnes rose again in 2007, reaching approximately 95,000 tonnes.

In 2005 cotton production fell 15 percent year on year to around 78,000 tonnes, but rose to 110,000 tonnes in 2006, once again falling in 2007, mainly due to weather factors.

This year cotton production is expected to rise slightly.

In its turn tobacco production rose by around 30 percent in 2005, fell slightly in 2006, but stabilised in 2007 due to good crops in Tete, Manica and Nampula provinces.(macauhub)