Mozambique: Mozambican sugar industry increases employment volume in 2008

21 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 April- The four existing sugar plantations and refineries in Mozambique employed 25,632 people in 2008, including permanent and seasonal workers, compared to 24,916 in 2007, said the Centre for Agricultural Promotion (Cepagri) in Maputo.

Of the 2008 figure, 20,846 were permanent employees, added Cepagri, “which means that the sugar industry has a significant impact on the country’s economy, particularly on employment in rural areas.”

There are four sugar plantations and refineries in Mozambique: Maragra and Xinavane in Maputo province and Marromeu and Mafambisse in Sofala province.

Companies involved in the collection and transportation of sugar cane, as well as independent operators employed around 5000 permanent and seasonal staff, according to Cepagri, bringing the total number of people working in the sector to 30,000.

Salaries in the sugar industry are based on the minimum wage fixed by a general agreement, to which is added an additional amount, negotiated between the management and the National Union of Sugar Industry Workers. (macauhub)