Thousands of tonnes of cotton risk rotting in Mozambique

14 November 2012

Increased cotton production in Mozambique has meant that thousands of tonnes of whole cottonseed remain in farmers’ hands due to the crop promotion companies’ inability to collect it, reports the Maputo-based daily Notícias.

The newspaper cites the case of the Mecubúri district, the biggest cotton producer in Nampula province, where farmers still hold 2,500 tonnes worth 25 million meticais (US$830,000). The cotton is stored in the open air and is at risk of rotting due to recent rains in that interior mountainous region.

Sociedade Algodeira de Namialo (Sanam), a crop development company, has justified the market’s lack of bagging to distribute to cotton producers, which is vital for commercialising the product. But district administrator Hilário Anapacala told the newspaper that financial problems may be affecting the company.

Sanam’s cotton commercialisation difficulties do not just affect Mecubúri. Producers in the Muecate district still hold about a thousand tonnes and in the Monapo district 1,500 tonnes. (macauhub)