Fruit processing and tin can factories may be built in Mozambique

7 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 July – Two preliminary projects for construction of factories to process fruit and manufacture tin cans for packaging in the south of Mozambique were presented Wednesday in Maputo, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The two preliminary projects, which were prepared with support from Brazil, outline that the fruit processing factory will be built in Inhambane and the tin can factory in Maputo, and in the latter case the choice of location is due to 65 percent of the companies requiring the product being located in, or near, the capital.

Speaking at a presentation of the two projects to Mozambican businesspeople, the minister for Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga, said that the fruit processing factory would be based in Inhambane because the province was one of the country’s large fruit producers and was located close to the place where the largest amounts of fruit juice were consumed – the city and province of Maputo.

Speaking about the cost of installing the factories, the minister gave assurances that the State would provide land, which is one of the biggest obstacles to setting up projects.

The minister also said that Brazilian businesspeople would lead the process for a factory to produce large packages without a lid or tin cans, which had an estimated cost of between US$23 and US$32 million for the first option and US$20 million for the second option.

In terms of production of tins with a lid investment would have to total around US$53 million and in this case the Brazilians would want to share the risk with Mozambican partners. (macauhub)