Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Dec – The Mozambican district of Muecate, in Nampula province, is already producing peanuts for export to the European Union as part of some pilot projects due to be launched next year, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
Citing Fidélio Salamandane, director of the peanut pilot project at the Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex), the newspaper said that 60 hectares had already been planted up by 30 producers from the district of Muecate, which have already been certified for export as part of the fair trade market programme.
Salamandane also said that the first shipments of peanuts would be sent as of 2011 to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
“In the next campaign we expect to double the cropping area and the number of producers,” said the chairman of Ipex adding that in the first year of production some 48 tons of peanuts would be harvested, which already had a secure export market. (macauhub)