Mozambican tea production requires funding of US$10 million

18 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Aug – The re-launch tea production sub-sector in the GUrué district of Mozambique’s Zambézia province requires an investment of US$10 million, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The paper added that the five companies operating in the tea sub-sector in that district did not have the financial capacity to make an immediate investment in importing new varieties of tea with greater yields.

Yield per hectare is no more than 2 tons, which is due to the age of the plants, but this problem could be solved with the introduction of new plants that would have a yield of between three and four tons per hectare.

The process of awarding tea production units was concluded seven years ago, but there has been little progress in terms of exploring the available area, estimated to be 9,700 hectares, and just 5,600 hectares are currently being used.

Figures from the Provincial Services for Agriculture in Zambézia showed that for the specific case of Gurué, which is currently the biggest producer in Zambézia, a further US410 million would be needed to re-launch the crop.

Since being awarded the contract, some companies have invested using their own funds or bank loans, as is the case of Chazeiras de Moçambique, Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Zambézia and Chá de Magoma, but production levels have remained low. (macauhub)