Sugar can plantation project launches in Mutarara, Mozambique

16 March 2012

A project to plant sugar cane is due to be launched in Inhagoma, in the Mutarara district of Mozambique’s Tete province, Macauhub learned Thursday from the provincial directorate for Agriculture.

The source, who declined to name the investors in the project, told Macauhub that, initially, an area of 20,000 hectares would be planted and later that would increase to 32,000 hectares.

The source from the provincial Agriculture directorate also declined to specify the amount being invested in the project.

“The matter is currently being dealt with by the Agriculture Ministry for the purposes of granting a Right to Use and Explore Land (DUAT),” the source said.

As well as mining resources, Tete also has enormous agricultural potential, notably for potatoes, maize, wheat, and other crops.

Mozambique plans to increase sugar production by 29.4 percent by 2014, increasing production from 425,000 tons per year at the moment to 550,000 tons per year.

Mozambique currently has four sugar factories, the biggest of which is the Xinavane factory, with annual production of 183,000 tons. (macauhub)