South African farmers invest in growing lychees in Mozambique

22 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Jun – A group of South African farmers is investing 7.5million rands (US$930,000) in growing lychees on a 2000 hectare plot in the district of Matutuine, in Maputo province, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

The project, which began in 1994 with land clearance and the planting of over 300 trees, should show its first results in 2013, when the first crops are harvested.

According to the group of farmers, the project was only carried out to half of its originally planned dimension since the supply of electricity to the area of the development was not great enough to power the work.

The lychees to be produced in Matutuine will be exported to Europe. (macauhub)