Mozambique sells sesame seeds to Europe and Asia

14 April 2014

Around 35,000 tons of sesame seeds from the current agricultural campaign in Mozambique’s Nampula province, with an estimated value of 1 billion meticals, have already been sold to countries in Asia and Europe, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Sesame seed production, which began around two years ago in the districts of Meconta and Monapo, located in the “Nacala Corridor” involves around 2,000 families.

Production of sesame seeds, which are used as a raw material in the cooking oil, butter, poultry feed and other industries, is a priority crop for rural producers and is produced with the support of the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

The sales component to ensure the sesame seed is exported to the Asian and European markets is provided by Exporte Marketing, an Asian-owned company.

Moisés Raposo, the SNV manager in Nampula, said that the international market, particularly Japan, China and the Netherlands, was currently experiencing a rise in demand for sesame. (macauhub/MZ)