Mozambican farmers hampered by Indian decision to limit pulses imports

19 September 2017

India’s decision to freeze imports of some types of pulses to protect local production prices has meant that a number of farmers in Mozambique have run out of markets to export their produce, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper wrote that more than 300 tonnes of Boer beans produced in the current agricultural campaign in the districts of Ancuabe, Montepuez, Chiúre, Balama and Namuno, in the south of the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, run the risk of deteriorating because they have no market in which to be sold.

As a result of the Indian government’s decision, the buying price for pulses producers has been declining in recent days, falling from 60 meticais per kilo to 15 meticais (each US dollar is worth over 61 meticais) at the moment.

Ansumane Tawacali, one of the rural farmers affected by the lack of market for his produce, told Notícias that current prices do not cover the work it takes to produce the goods and it is necessary to solve the problem of the market and offer a fair price to the producers.

Vasco Mondlane, of the Promer (Agricultural Markets Promotion) project, said there was a problem with a lack of markets, in Cabo Delgado, to sell all the produce from the current campaign, particularly Boer beans.

Mondlane said that the purchase prices of agricultural products had fallen significantly due both to the increase in supply and the limitation on the export of Boer beans to India, which until now had been the main market. (macauhub)