The re-launch of citrus fruit farming in Mozambique is this year expected to provide total production of 52,000 tons, said a Ministry of Agriculture spokesman cited by Mozambican newspaper Correio da Manhã.
The spokesman said that production of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and lemons in 2013 totalled 49,000 tons due to an increased interest from Mozambican producers attracted by greater demand for tropical fruit on the international market.
The João Ferreira dos Santos company, based in Manica, and Citrum, in Boane, Maputo province, are two of the main citrus fruit producers in the country, said the ministry spokesman adding that these companies planned to export some of their products as well as to supply the domestic market.
Citrum, for example, exports approximately 2,500 tons of citrus fruits per year to the European market, whilst the local market consumes just over 200 tons of oranges and grapefruit, including juice factories across the country.
As well as orange and grapefruit orchards covering 720 hectares, Citrum has banana plantations producing around 25 tons of fruit per week. (macauhub/MZ)