Maputo, Mozambique, 6 July – Over half of the 45,000 tons of pineapples produced in Muxungue, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, have rotted due to a lack of buyers, said the director for Economic Services of Chibabava district, Paz Martinho.
“It was only possible to place around 45 percent of the pineapple produced on the market in the 2008/2009 agricultural campaign and the remainder simply rotted,” Martinho told newspaper Diário de Moçambique.
Martinho said that if there was a pineapple processing factory in the district it would have been possible to avoid such great losses and added that there had also been a plague of fruit flies and thus a ban had been imposed on transporting the fruit to the south of the country.
The paper reported that the government of Chibabava district has been trying to find investors for construction of a small fruit processing unit without success so far. (macauhub)