Mozambique expects to net some US$36 million from cotton exports

20 November 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Nov – Mozambique is due to net a total of US$36 million in revenues from exporting 80,000 tonnes of raw cotton, mainly to the Asian market, the director of the National cotton Institute, Norberto Malambe said.

Speaking to Mozambican newspaper, Notícias, Malambe said that 90 percent of cotton exports from the last harvest would be sent to Asia, 7 percent to Africa and the remainder to Europe.

The institute’s director said that these results showed that cotton still had a market, which was why producers, particularly in the family sector, were still encouraged to grow this cash crop.

However, the paper said that figures it had showed that many rural workers had abandoned cotton planting, discouraged by prices, which stand at just over 5 meticals per kilo of first class cotton, and now preferred to dedicate their time to growing sesame, which is sold at 25 meticals per kilo.

Even so, Malambe said that cotton was a still a traditional crop in Mozambique and was widely grown in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Nampula, Tete, Zambézia, Manica and Sofala and involved 250,000 rural workers working on a total of 160,000 hectares. (macauhub)