Mozambique’s Manica province to export mangos and bananas to Europe

17 May 2010

Chimoio, Mozambique, 17 May – Central Mozambique’s Manica province should begin exporting fruit (mangos and bananas) to the European market this year, the head of the country’s Export Promotion Institute (IPEX), João Macaringue, has stated.

Manica is known as one of Mozambique’s breadbasket regions. It should contribute two of the seven products chosen from a list of organic products to be exported to the European market.

IPEX selected seven products in a trial phase meant to promote exports to the European market in six Mozambican provinces, namely Maputo and Inhambane in the south (peanuts and beans); Manica and Sofala in the centre (mangos, bananas and pineapples); and Cabo Delgado and Nampula in the north (beans, cashews, almonds and handicrafts).

IPEX has signed various export partnership agreements with national and foreign organisations and is currently working to certify the quality requisites for exporting the selected products, Macaringue told Portuguese news agency Lusa this weekend in Chimoio.

The Institute recently signed an agreement with CBI, a Netherlands-based agency supporting the promotion of imports from developing countries to Europe. It should serve as a platform for placing Mozambican products on the European market.

“We have 16 memorandums with various partners (including some South African buyers) to accompany producers in a cooperative manner, from production through to harvest. As CBI is an organisation with long experience in the European market, it will serve to place the product in that market,” Macaringue explained.

IPEX has a million euros available, donated by the Netherlands, to accompany family sector production which accounts for most of the products and to improve production quality and export processing, he said.

Representatives of various national and foreign businesses (producers and exporters) met this past weekend in the Manica capital Chimoio to discuss the placement of locally produced products in regional and European markets. (macauhub)