Mozambique may start exporting bananas to Europe and the US this year

23 February 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Feb – Mozambique may this year start exporting bananas to the European and US markets and is waiting for international certification of the producing company in order to do so, the Mozambican press reported.

The bananas are produced in an area of 1,200 hectares of a total 3,000 hectares Monapo district, Nampula province, provided by concession and in which the Matanuska company is investing around US$50 million.

Clayton Johnam, administrative and legal advisor for Matanuska, said that the company to start exporting to Europe and the US it only needed to be granted a certificate of quality, which requires that the company follow some requirements of the international organisation linked to the quality of food products.

Hygiene and safety at work, as well as good agricultural practices are the main demands of the international organisation that issues certificates of quality for the European and US markets, according to Johnam, who said he was expecting a visit from the first mission of experts this year in order to assess if the requirements are being met.

The current market for bananas produced by Matanuska, which employs over 2,000 people in permanent and seasonal jobs, is the Middle East, particularly Iran. (macauhub)