Maputo, Mozambique, 2 Feb – South African company First National Choice (FNC) plans to invest US$6 million in building a factory for processing pineapple in Muxúnguè, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, according to newspaper Diário de Moçambique.
According to the newspaper, which is published in Beira, Mozambique’s second-largest city, the project was announced by the general manager of the Mozambican subsidiary of the South African company, Ase Ferrão, during the first pineapple festival held last Saturday in Panja, Muxungué.
Initially, the factory will have capacity to process 40 tons of pineapples per day, producing around 17,000 litres of juice, which will be exported to Germany, from where it will be exported to other European markets.
Plans are currently being drawn up for the facility. Meanwhile, starting next month, FNC plans to buy more local pineapples to be processed at an existing small factory in Morrumbene, in the neighbouring province of Inhambane, in the south of Mozambique.
The existing factory in Morrumbene processes frozen fruit pulp, which is exported to Denmark, as well as producing fruit jams for the Mozambican market.
The Chibabava district has around 3,500 rural worked dedicated to growing pineapple in an area of 4,150 hectares, and around half of all the fruit produced is lost due to a lack of processing facilities and a market for its sale.
Last July, the director of Economic Services of the Chibabava district, Paz Martinho said that Muxúnguè had produced a total of 45,000 tons of pineapple in the 2008/2009 season, and less than half of this had been sold. (macauhub)