Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Aug – Mozambique, as of 2011, will have a national centre for training in technology for the production of tropical fruit, which will be financed by the World Bank, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
The project will be set up in Nampula province and is part of the government’s initiative to support competitiveness and development of the private sector, which has financing from the World Bank of US$25 million.
According to Bento Mualoja, member of the provincial government, Mozambique has great potential for producing and exporting fruit, as well as a large domestic market, particulalry in big cities.
However, the biggest “sin” of fruit in Mozambique is its quality, which is much lower than the requirements of international markets.
The experience of the “Chiquita” brand, which places bananas produced by Matanuska (a company based in Monapo district) on the European Union and Asian markets, will be the basis for training trainers and commercial producers of fruit on a national scale.
The Centre, which will be based at the facilities of the Agronomic research Institute of Namialo, will eventually expand its activities to other types of tropical fruits. (macauhub)