The African Food Company in 2014 posted turnover of around 10 million rand from exporting around 3,000 tons of bananas to the South African market, produced in Chivonguene, Guijá in the Mozambican province of Gaza, said the company’s production director.
Ashley Cameron told Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the bananas exported to South Africa accounted for about half of the total harvest last year, of just over six tons. These were preferentially sold to the local market, especially to the south of the country.
The production director said the start of the project had some difficulties due to flooding that hit the production areas, causing a loss of around 80 hectares of banana plantation, a situation that has since been overcome.
Founded in 2013, the company started operating after an investment of US$8 million and is currently working in an area of just over 300 hectares, of a total 500 hectares available, employing over 400 people, most of whom are women.
According to the company’s website (http://theafricanfoodcompany.com/), the African Food Company has the support of a number of international investors. (macauhub/MZ)