Spanish businessmen invest in tropical fruit processing in Guinea-Bissau

18 May 2015

Spanish-owned company Eco Bissau, which focuses on processing and export of mangoes from Guinea-Bissau to the European market, plans to expand by adding other tropical fruits to its products, said the company’s managing director.

Cristobal Jose Sanchez, who did not disclose the value of the initial investment, said the company plans to start exporting about 3,000 tons of mangoes per year, which will be increased with the addition of other fruits.

Located on the outskirts of Mansoa, 50 kilometres from Bissau, the company occupies an area of ​​5,000 square kilometres, including cold stores and a processing and packaging area.

Eco Bissau also has nurseries for growing varieties brought in from Spain to test how they adapt to the Guinea-Bissau climate and an area to train local farmers in new production techniques.

At the opening ceremony, the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Domingos Simões Pereira, announced that a factory in Safi, on the outskirts of Bissau, would be opened within the next month to process tomato paste and mango jam.

The Agriculture Minister João Aníbal Pereira said the government was in contact with similar structure in countries such as Ivory Coast to introduce cops such as cocoa, coffee and sesame into the country.

Aníbal João Pereira stressed that with the introduction of those three cash crops Guinean farmers have a chance to market agricultural products throughout the year. (macauhub/GW)