Mozambique’s Gorongosa district to resume exporting processed fruit

21 May 2012

The Gorongosa fruit processing plant in Sofala province will resume production and exports to some countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Portugal, reports the Maputo-based daily Notícias, citing a district official.

The director of District Services and Economic Activities in Gorongosa, Inácio Tato Siyawadya, recalled that the factory operated from 2009 to 2011 but ended up closing by decision of its owner, Gorongosa National Park, due to problems with the then concessionaire.

When production resumes the district will once again export processed fruit to countries in the region and Europe. South Africa and Portugal are the main consumers of the factory’s products, especially pineapple and bananas.

Besides locally produced fruit, the Gorongosa factory also plans to acquire raw materials produced elsewhere in Mozambique to ensure the supply of finished product in preferential markets. (macauhub)