Xai-Xai in Mozambique to have cotton processing factory

7 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 May – A cotton processing factory is to be built on the outskirts of the city of Xai-Xai in Mozambique’s Gaza province in an investment of US$6 million, the managing partner of the factory, Higino Pateguane told Mozambican news agency AIM.

The factory, with capacity to process around 80,000 tons of raw cotton per year, has its own plantation covering an area of 3,000 hectares, where it produces cotton and which, due to its irrigation system, is expected to have a yield of 4 tons of raw cotton per hectare, which is much higher than the average yield for family producers in Mozambique.

The start of processing cotton is expected in October and currently the equipment is being installed for this. The new equipment has a much higher capacity than existing facilities in teh country.

“We know that in an initial phase we will not be able to make use of the factory’s entire installed capacity, which is 80,000 tons,” said Pateguane, noting that progress would be gradual as cotton production in Xai-Xai improved.

The new cotton processing factory is being built at a time when the cotton sector in Mozambique is making efforts to adopt new strategies to boost cotton production, which according to the Mozambique Cotton institute, has experienced a worrying drop. (macauhub)