Mozambique: Castor oil factory to start operating by January 2009

14 November 2008

Nampula, Mozambique, 14 Nov – The castor oil factory under construction in the district of Meconta, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, may start operating by next January, said António Filipe Miranda of the Miranda Industrial group, the company that owns the factory.

Miranda said that construction of the factory was advancing satisfactorily with 70 percent of work completed.

In relation to the raw materials needed for the factory to function, Miranda said that private producers were not responding promptly to the volume required bythe factory to work at full capacity.

In effect, Miranda said it was necessary to involve the business sector in boosting castor oil plant prodution, in order to change the current situation.

The investment is expected to total US$4 million. The project employs a total of 170 workers and the factory will have capacity to produce 15,000 tonnes per year and its potential markets are Brazil, the United States, Europe and south Africa.

The Miranda Industrial group is meanwhile developing the planting of macadamia nuts in Gurué district, Zambézia province, having so far planted up 230,000 saplings across and area of 250 hectares. (macauhub)