Production from the four sugar factories in Mozambique is expected to reach 340,000 tonnes this year, up 16.4% from 2016, said Jorge Manjate of the Agrarian Development Fund.
Manjate told daily newspaper Notícias that this estimate is based on a good rain record during the 2016/2017 agricultural season, which leads to an expected good performance in the production of sugarcane, the raw material needed to produce sugar.
He added that the positive estimate for the current campaign contrasts with last year’s production, when the sugarcane harvest fell 11.2% compared to 2015 and led to a 16% drop in sugar production.
The drop in production recorded last year was mainly because of the failure of sugarcane production due to the lack of rainfall, which drastically reduced the availability of water to irrigate the fields, particularly in the southern region of the country.
Four factories in operation, two of which are located in Maputo province, namely Maragra, owned by Illovo Sugar Group and Xinavane, managed by Tongaat Hulett, both from South Africa, represent the sector.
The other two factories are located in Sofala province, namely Moçambique/Mafambisse, also managed by Tongaat Hullet and Companhia de Sena/Marromeu, controlled by French group Tereos.
The Agrarian Development Fund is a financial institution focused on the development of the agricultural sector in Mozambique under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. (macauhub)