Maputo, Mozambique, 5 May – Mozambique’s four sugar companies – Marromeu, Mafambisse, Maragra and Xinavane – last year exported 122,000 tonnes of sugar, a drop of 9 percent on 2008, according to the Centre for Promotion of Agriculture (Cepagri).
In its latest quarterly report, Cepagri said that for the first time, in 2009 Mozambique did not export sugar to the international free market and its entire sugar exports went to the European Union (EU) as part of the Anything but Arms initiative (EBA) and complementary quotas.
The report added that the export of sugar provided revenues of US$58.3 million, or 10 percent less than in 2008, at an average price of US$478 per ton.
Last year, the four companies produced 22 million tons of sugar cane and 252,000 tons of sugar, from an area of 35,000 hectares, providing direct jobs to almost 29,000 workers, including permanent and seasonal jobs.
Cepagri said neither expanding production areas and improving agricultural income, nor expanding factories to improve processing capacity made it possible for the Marromeu, Mafambisse and Xinavane sugar companies to be successful, with Maragra the only exception.
Production was less than expected and this, according to Cepagri, was due to drought, poor rain distribution, delays in the start of the season and work stoppages caused by installing two new machines in the expansion process. (macauhub)