Sesame exports earn Mozambique’s small producers nearly US$7 million

23 March 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Mar – Mozambique’s small sesame producers earned US$6.75 million through the sale of 10,000 tonnes of product during the last agricultural season, reports the Maputo-based newspaper Noticias.

Nampula province was the origin of 7,000 of the 10,000 tonnes exported mainly to European and Asian markets, indicates the daily, citing the company involved in commercializing that oil-seed, Export Marketing.

To help producers increase capacity, improve quality and access markets, the SNV Dutch development NGO has been providing free technical assistance as part of its program to promote the value chain for oil-seed and horticultural products as well as tourism.

For this reason SNV recently signed a note of understanding with Export Marketing with a view to increasing sesame production in the province by providing input and promoting new varieties with more oil content that are acceptable on the international market.

Export Marketing recently installed the first sesame processing unit in the port city of Nacala.