The Eráti district, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, wants to increase the volume of banana exports to the Asian market and find new markets for its product.
According to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias the local government plans to provide the Jacarandá Agrícola agricultural company with land of over 6,000 hectares in Mirrote (Namiroa) to allow the expansion of banana cultivation.
Jacaranda Agrícola, a joint venture established in Eráti district in 2010, grows bananas in a 50-hectare area it considers to be insufficient for future expansion.
The United Arab Emirates which last year imported about 3,000 tons of bananas produced in the Eráti district were the main market for bananas grown by Jacaranda Agrícola.
Jacaranda Agrícola plans to repair, using its own funds and those of the Eráti government, the 35 kilometres of road to Mirrote, which will improve the transport of its products.
Nampula province has c two major producers of bananas for export: Matanuska and Jacaranda Agrícola, which are the two largest banana producers in Nampula province. (macauhub/MZ)