Drought affects sugar production in Mozambique

8 April 2016

The drought in southern and central Mozambique will reduce this year’s sugar production due to a decrease in areas planted with sugarcane, a sector official said recently in Maputo.

João Jeque, executive director of the Association of Mozambique Sugar Producers (Apamo), said it would be almost impossible this year to reach sugarcane production recorded in 2015 – about 3.3 million tons – given that 20 to 24 percent of this production comes from individual farmers who sell their produce to sugar factories.

“With that amount of cane it was possible to produce 330,000 tons of sugar,” said Jeque at the closing session of the 7th African Sugar Conference, adding that sugar production this year will be lower.

The four sugar factories in Mozambique produce about 450,000 tons of sugar a year, of which about 200,000 is consumed in the country and the remaining 250,000 tons are exported, mainly to European Union countries. (macauhub/MZ)