Mozambique’s Inhambane province exports 1,500 tons of coconut derivatives per year to Southern Africa

18 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Nov – The southern Mozambican province of Inhambane each year exports 1,500 tons of coconut derivatives to South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi a source from the provincial government told Macauhub in Maputo.

Exports of coconut derivatives to the international market became more consistent with the construction of a fertilizer processing unit in the district of Morrumbene, as well as the installation of a unit to make use of coconut derivatives to manufacture mattresses, rugs and other products.

Demand from Southern African markets for coconut derivatives has encouraged local producers, who are seeking better strategies to increase their production.

Many factories focused on production of several coconut derivatives such as soap and oils have set themselves up in Inhambane, and currently there are seven industrial units.

However, four factories closed in the province due to a lack of raw materials and those responsible for the agricultural sector in the provincial government are due to launch a programme to promote coconut palm production, which will include planting 40,000 trees. (macauhub)