The production, processing and export of sisal fibre from Mozambique will be the subject of new regulation, which is currently under development, said the director general of the Mozambique Cotton Institute (IAM).
Luís Tomo also told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that the new regulation, which could be submitted for analysis and approval by the Council of Ministers in April 2019, aims to establish the basis for the sale of the sisal cash crop, making it easier to attract investments to the sector.
The director of the IAM said that Mozambique has high potential for the production of sisal, and it was following this diagnosis that a public tender was launched to draw up a plan to revitalise the value chain of the product.
In Mozambique sisal is grown by the business sector in Nampula, specifically in the districts of Monapo, Angoche, Mossuril, Ilha de Moçambique and Memba, but during the colonial period it was grown almost throughout the country.
Tomo said that sisal production forecast for the 2018/19 agricultural season is estimated at 3,000 tons, in a planted area of 12,352 hectares, a decrease of 2,648 hectares compared to the initially planned area. (macauhub)