South African investors plan to produce sugar in Mozambique’s Zambézia province

13 March 2012

A group of South African businesspeople plans to invest in sugar production in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, involving an area of 10,000 hectares for planting sugar cane, said the administrator of Mopeia district, João Zamissa.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the administrator also said that the facility would create 3,000 direct and indirect jobs as the factory would have a workforce of 400 people.

“Everything indicates that the work will begin in the second half of this year, with the preparation of the first fields for production, whilst the process of installing the factory is due to begin in the middle of next year,” said Zamissa.

There are currently no figures available about the amount of investment needed to carry the project out, but Zamissa said that for planting the sugar cane the project’s proponents mentioned investment of US$1 million.

If the project goes ahead the sugar cane factory will be the fifth of its kind in Mozambique, after those of Xinavane and Maragra, in Maputo province, and Mafambisse and Marromeu, in Sofala. (macauhub)