Sugar production in Mozambique expected to be lower than expected for second consecutive year

24 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Sept – Mozambican sugar production this year may be lower than expected for the second year in a row, due to irregular rainfall and floods at the beginning of the agricultural season, an official from the Centre for Agricultural Promotion (Cepagri) said in Maputo.

Líria Nhaquila, who is responsible for the sugar sector at the government Centre, said that the four factories in the country expected production of 385,000 tons and added that, although there were still a few months to go until the end of the campaign, it was already expected that that target would not be met.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Nhaquila said, however it was too early to give a figure and that an evaluation meeting was scheduled to assess the real state of production.

Although she said that, according to the information she had, the season was progressing normally and that sugar cane was being processed as planned, this year was expected to be the second consecutive year in which climate factors led to the country being unable to meet its initial targets.

Last year, of the around 200,000 tons of sugar expected to be produced for export only 122,000 tons were placed on the market.

In the last few years the Mozambican sugar sector has benefited from significant investments in order to, on the one hand, expand manufacturing capacity of the factories, and on the other, to expand cane production areas, which led to factory owners to project production of 385,000 tons, as of this year. (macauhub)