Mozambique produces 102,000 tons of sugar in first half

30 August 2012

Mozambique’s four sugar companies – Marromeu and Mafambisse, in Sofala and Xinavane and Maragra, in Maputo – 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 (Cepagri) said.

Summarising the sugar industry’s activities in the first six months of the year Cepagri also said that production represented year-on-year growth of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 8 percent for sugar cane, sugar, and molasses, respectively.

The sugar campaign began in April in Marromeu and in May in Mafambisse, Maragra and Xinavane.

Cepagri’s document projects that the four factories will this year produce 470,000 tons of sugar and 154,000 tons of molasses by processing 1.9 million tons of sugar cane.

These projections show rises of 13 percent, 21 percent, and 7 percent in sugar cane production, sugar, and molasses, respectively.

Given that expected production exceeds domestic consumption, Cepagri expects an unspecified rise in sugar exports. (macauhub)