Pineapple from Muxungué, Mozambique, may be sold abroad

27 January 2011

Beira, Mozambique, 27 Jan – A mobile pineapple processing unit is due to be set up in Muxungué, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, in order to make use of what is considered to be the best pineapple in the country, the provincial director for Industry and Trade said in the city of Beira.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, José Ferreira said that the mobile unit would start operating in the first quarter of the year and would have capacity to process 140 tons of the product per day. It is expected to deal with the area’s entire production of pineapple.

Ferreira said that an international audit had already been carried out to check pineapple production conditions in the region and certify that it could be an organic product with the potential to be placed on international markets, particularly South Africa and Germany.

There are around 500 pineapple producers in Muxungué, most of which are grouped into the five associations set up there. Altogether they work around 3,000 hectares of land with an estimated yield of 56,000 tons per year, which is the equivalent of 7,500 pineapples per hectare. (macauhub)