Number of farmers growing cassava for brewing rises five-fold in Mozambique

2 September 2014

The number of farmers growing cassava specifically to produce beer in Mozambique rose five-fold between 2011 and 2014, rising from 2000 to around 10,000, the chief executive of beer maker Cervejas de Moçambique said recently.

In a meeting organised by the company to demonstrate the importance of the agricultural sector for the development of Mozambique, CEO José Moreira presented the case of Impala, the first beer in the world based (60 percent) on cassava.

Outlining the advantages of producing Impala Moreira noted that “using locally produced cassava reduces the costs of importing malt, hops and other ingredients in beer production, by avoiding costs related to import and bureaucratic processes.”

According to Mozambican newspaper Correio da Manhã, the Mozambican Government, through a special tax regime, which charges about a quarter of the taxes applied to other malt-based beers, supports production of Impala beer.

Moreira also noted that in three years farmers produced over 10,000 tons of cassava, which earned them over 14 million meticals and produced 30 million small bottles of beer. (macauhub/MZ)