Mozambique’s four sugar companies produced 102,000 tons of sugar and 34,000 tons of molasses in the first half of 2012 after processing 964,000 tons of sugar cane, the Agricultural Promotion Centre said.
Cited by the Mozambican press, the statement from the Agricultural Promotion Centre (Centro de Promoção Agrária), which is a branch of the Agriculture Ministry, said that the level of production achieved was 24 percent higher than in the same period of last year and 25 percent higher than expected for sugar and 22 percent higher than expected for molasses.
The latest projections for this season point to the Maragra, Xinavane, Mafambisse, and Marromeu sugar factories producing round 3.9 million tons of sugar cane, 470,000 tons of sugar, and 154,000 tons of molasses.
With the expected levels of production Mozambique will be able to meet the needs of its domestic sugar market and to have a considerable surplus for export, the statement said.
In the first half the sugar industry placed 53,000 tons of sugar in European Union markets as part of the “Everything but Arms” programme and economic partnerships, and posted revenues of US$25.5 million. (macauhub)