Banana production project launches in Maputo

18 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Nov – A banana production project for the national market and for export has been initially launched on a 15-hectare plot in Motaze, Maputo province, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper added that this was an initiative of businessman and chairman of the Mozambican Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), Rogério Manuel, which will cover an area of 100 hectares.

Maputo province s currently one of Mozambique’s largest banana production areas and the fruit is grown in an area of 2,000 hectares. Mozambique this year is expected to export 70,000 tons of bananas, mainly to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

Manuel said he had so far invested around 9 million meticals in the project, which will initially employ 25 full-time staff and added that it had the support of the Agrarian Development Fund. (macauhub)