The four sugar production companies operating in Mozambique are this year expected to achieve targets for 2012 despite disruptions at the beginning of the season, according to the Centre for Promotion of Commercial Agriculture (Cepagri).
In Mozambique, the sugar season normally begins in the second quarter of each year, between the months of April and May and lasts an average of six months, or up to seven depending on weather and agricultural conditions and availability of raw materials.
Citing figures from Cepagri, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias said that the four companies, Maragra, Xinavane, Mafambisse, and Marromeu, by the end of the first half had processes 964,400 tons of sugar cane resulting in production of 102,200 tons of sugar, and 34,200 tons of molasses.
The latest projections for this season point to the industry producing 3.9 million tons of sugar cane, 470,000 tons of sugar, and 154,000 tons of molasses.
Cepagri said that with the projected level of production for 2012, the country would be able to meet the needs of the Mozambican market and also have an estimated surplus of 250,000 tons for export.
All the exported sugar is expected to be sent to the European Union (EU) under the terms of two options – Economic Partnership Agreements, and the Everything But Arms (EBA) Initiative. (macauhub)