Mozambican cotton exports to Asia expected to bring in revenues of US$36 million

28 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Nov – Cotton exports from Mozambique to Asia are expected to bring in revenues of US$36 million, the assistant director of the Mozambique Cotton Institute, Paposseco Gabriel, said Thursday in the city of Beira, in Sofala province.

During an annual summary meeting of the cotton sector, Paposseco Gabriel said that Mozambique was expected to export around 36,000 tons of cotton fibre to Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh, as well as to China and India.

The assistant director of the Mozambique Cotton Institute said that around 70,000 tons of cotton was currently being processed.

In Mozambique around 200,000 families have grown cotton on an estimated 135,000 hectares of land in the current campaign, which is about to end, and the provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Sofala and Tete are estimated to have the highest production in the country.

Mozambique has the potential to produce between 400,000 and 500,000 tons of raw cotton per campaign, although current production stands at an average of 90,000 tons. (macauhub)

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