Mozambique to export lychees to South Africa and Australia

25 April 2012

The Três Rios company, which is majority-owned by South Africans, is due in 2014 to start exporting lychees produced in the Matatuine district in southern Mozambique to South Africa and Australia, the director for Economic Activities of Matutuine, Elias Cuna said.

Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, Cuna also said that over the next two years the area given over to lychee production in the region bordering South Africa would increase from 100 hectares at the moment to approximately 800 hectares.

Três Rios now employs around 150 Mozambican workers, a number which is expected to increase when the production area increases to 800 hectares, Cuna said, adding that the Matutuine district had excellent conditions and an appropriate temperature for growing lychees on a large scale.

Once the initiative goes ahead Matatuine will become one of Mozambique’s lychee exporting regions along with the Sussundenga district, in the central Mozambican province of Manica.

Lychees are popular in a number of markets including the European Union and the United States, and they are rich in vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus and are either canned or eaten fresh. (macauhub)