Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Aug – China Africa Cotton Moçambique plans, over the next three years to invest US$22 million on its programme to boost production and process cotton in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Rádio Moçambique reported.
Of that amount, over US$6 million were invested in construction work for a cotton processing factory, in the Cerâmica neighbourhood on the outskirts of the port city of Beira.
Citing the director of China Africa Cotton Moçambique, Hou Chi Chiang, at the inaugural ceremony for the factory, which employs 150 workers, held Thursday, Rádio Moçambique said that the factory had an annual cotton processing capacity of 40,000 tons of raw cotton.
As well as spinning, the factory also has the ability to produce cooking oil and hospital-grade cotton.
Hou Chi Chiang said that this year alone, rural workers had sold over 3,000 tons of raw cotton to the company and it had set a target to buy 6,000 tons by next September.
The director of China Africa Cotton Moçambique said that for the 2011/2012 agricultural campaign the company forecast production of 18,000 tons of raw cotton, from an area of around 18,000 hectares, involving over 15,000 family sector producers. (macauhub)