Mozambican company to export elephant grass to Dubai

19 February 2010

Chimoio, Mozambique, 19 Feb – The Vale of Macks firm plans to begin exporting elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) to Dubai this year, a director of this company located in central Mozambique’s Manica province has stated.

Antonio Vieira told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the exported elephant grass would mainly be used as fodder for dairy cows and horses, as Dubai aims to be a major breeder of such animals.

Vale of Macks plans to annually export from 30 to 150 tonnes of elephant grass to Dubai. In a first phase only seeds will be exported.

Since it was founded in late 2006 the company has produced with a view to ensuring sufficient reserves for export.

Elephant grass is being cultivated along with macadamia, which is used in pharmaceuticals, chocolate and table oils, on a 560-hectare plantation with a starting investment of US$2.2 million.

“The company is dedicated to producing macadamia, but elephant grass is recommended as it optimizes groundwater and solar energy use besides preventing erosion. It will be a profitable production given that it has no specific cost for the company,” Vieira said. (macauhub)