Mozambique plans to increase import costs of some agricultural products

18 August 2015

The government of Mozambique is considering the introduction of surcharges on imports of products such as rice, beans, meat and eggs in order to promote domestic production, sale and processing, said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.

Minister José Pacheco said has already been a successful experience with regard to sugar imports, whose surcharge has just been increased, and also said the general idea is that surcharges for other products increase further as national production grows.

Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported that rice farmers in particular have been complaining about imports undermining production in Mozambique as there are no restrictions on product entry, including cracked rice, which is considered to be of low quality.

For sugar, the government announced a few days ago that the import benchmark price per ton of raw sugar had been increased from US$385 to US$806 and refined sugar from US$450 to US$932.

The measure is intended to ensure fair competition with the Mozambican sugar industry and allow the replacement of imports with domestic production, leading companies to invest more and create more jobs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security identified 15 strategic products for development and investment in the farming sector, such as corn, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, poultry, beef, vegetables, banana, sugar, wheat, sesame, soy, cashew nuts and cotton.

Of these fifteen products, corn, beans, vegetables, cassava, poultry and cattle farming were chosen as priority areas. (macauhub/MZ)