Pineapple from Muxungué, Mozambique certified for export to Europe

3 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 May – Pineapple producers from Muxungué district in Mozambique’s Sofala province, have received the international certificate that allows them to export their produce to the regional and European markets, said that provincial director for Industry and Trade.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias José Ferreira said that the certificate was the culmination of a process carried out by German company BCS OEKO-Garantir GmbH, which concluded that Muxungué pineapple had all the basic conditions for international certification.

The certification is described as a historical moment in the region’s social and economic development, given that producers now have access to one of the world’s main markets; the European Union.

There are currently around 500 pineapple producers in Muxungué, most of which are grouped into five associations in the area, Murombo Ngarime, Tchungamoio, Tamawaedja, Cungara Cuzuana and Aprofrutac, which together farm around 3,000 hectares of land with an estimated yield of 56,000 tons per year, which is the equivalent of around 7,500 pineapples per hectare. (macauhub)