Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Aug – Some 50 containers of bananas will be exported weekly from the northern port of Nacala from December, says the CEO of the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), Fernando Couto.
Cited by daily newspaper Noticias, Couto said the drive to export bananas is the result of a project that has seen more than 1.5 million banana trees planted in the Namialo region of Nampula province.
Export of bananas through Nacala is part of the CDN’s strategy to develop the region. The CDN, said Couto, was created in the 1960s to essentially serve Malawi’s interests and 70% of freight passing through the CDN until 1997 was from or bound to the neighboring state.
But privatization of the CDN in 2005 meant this situation was reversed and Mozambique now accounts for 70% of shipments through the zone. Couto said a major hurdle to the CDN’s operation is lack of investment in Malawi’s rail link but negotiations are in progress with the Malawian government to get funding to modernize the railway (macauhub)