Maputo, Mozambique, 1 Nov – A factory for processing pineapples and other foodstuffs is due to start operating by the end of the year in the district of Nicoadala, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province said the director of the Provincial Agricultural Services, Luís Tomo.
Speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM, Tomo said that the factory, which had been scheduled for completion last May but had not because of problems with the contractor, “is ready and should start operating before the end of the year.”
Construction of a factory in the district aims to reduce the losses that producers face each year as the quantities of pineapple produced in the district are high.
Tomo also said that as well as processing pineapple the factory would also produce tomato, papaya and grapefruit juice, concentrate and jams, along with other products.
The district of Nicoadala, the district capital of which is some 20 kilometres from the city of Quelimane, the provincial capital of Zambézia, has high agricultural potential and is one of the main producers of rice and maize in the province.
Meanwhile another pineapple processing factory, expected to cost US$6 million, is due to be built in the Muxúnguè region of the central province of Sofala.
The factory, which belongs to South African group First National Choice, is designed to process around 40 tons of pineapple per day, according to the Agriculture Ministry. (macauhub)