Mozambican company to place 3,000 tons of bananas on the UK market this year

26 February 2013

Jacarandá, a Mozambican banana production company, plans this year to export 3,150 tons of bananas to the United Kingdom, or more than twice the 1,260 tons it exported to that market last years, said a company official cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The board of directors of the company, which produces bananas in the Chiure district of Cabo Delgado province, plans to increase its production area from 100 hectares currently to 1,000 hectares.

Initially the company cleared an area to open up banana fields and imported around 220,000 banana saplings from South Africa, which have already multiplied and now cover the entire 100 hectare plot.

The board also said that the company’s entire production would be placed on the UK market, and that other markets may be considered, although there are some constraints on production, such as a lack of electricity to supply the irrigation system as well as congestion at the port of Nacala, which leads to delays in exports.

Jacarandá focuses on cultivating tubers for export, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes in the provinces of Nampula and Gaza, and these crops may also be introduced in Chiure, where production areas are expected to increase. (macauhub)