Mozambique Leaf Tobacco expects production of 65,000 tons this year

21 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 March – The Mozambique Leaf Tobacco(MLT), a company based in Tete province, in central, north-eastern Mozambique, this year expects to produce 65,0000 tons of tobacco, according to Rod Hagger, cited by Mozambican news agency AIM.

Hagger said that the company had started out producing 24,000 tons, “but given the high level of investment we have made in tobacco production in Tete, this year we want to reach 65,000 tons.”

Hagger said that the company as motivated to increase its production in the country because of the investment the Mozambican government had been making in the infrastructure sector, particularly roads and bridges, which make it easier to distribute the tobacco and other goods. He specifically noted the refurbishment of the Samora Machel Bridge and construction of a new bridge over the Zambezi.

MLT, which has a workforce of over 5,000 people, including permanent and seasonal staff, is one of the companies that has invested strongly in Tete province, where since 2005 it ahs had a tobacco processing factory, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

As well as permanent and seasonal workers, the company works with over 120,000 rural tobacco producers in the provinces of Tete, Zambézia and Niassa, to whom it provides technical assistance in the production and sale of the tobacco, in operations in which it sometimes spends over US$100 million per year. (macauhub)