Nampula, Mozambique, 10 Feb – Construction of a castor oil factory in Meconta, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, will make it possible for cashew processors to stop importing the product, which is used as a dehydration agent in the shelling process, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
Representing n investment of US3.5 million, the factory will initially have an installed capacity to process 6,000 tons of castor oil per year.
The factory will be owned by Miranda Caju and part of the production will be exported to countries such as South Africa and the United States.
In order to secure the necessary raw materials, the company that owns the factory has been promoting the production of ricinus (from which castor oil is made) and sunflowers for the last three years in Meconta as well as in the neighbouring provinces of Zambézia, Niassa and Cabo Delgado.
Miranda Caju’s projections show that the Meconta district, which already has 540 acres planted up with ricinus, will provide 12 percent of the raw materials used by the factory. (macauhub