Mozambique will start exporting tilapia and kapenta (Tanganyika sardines) to China in 2019, said the director of fisheries in the province of Tete, Fátima Cinco-reis.
The official, quoted by Mozambican newspaper O País, did not disclose the amounts to be exported but added that the quantity caught in the Cahora Bassa dam is enough to meet demand.
Cinco-reis also said that initial contacts with Chinese companies that showed interest in purchasing this type of river fish took place during the Maputo International Fair (FACIM) held in Marracuene last August.
“We are pleased with this intention shown by Chinese entrepreneurs,” said Cinco-reis, adding that “Kapenta is a fish of high commercial value, currently exported to Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
The provincial director of Fisheries said that if the deal goes ahead it will be the first time that part of Tete’s fishing production will be exported to China, providing more income for fishermen and more taxes for the government. (macauhub)