Nampula province in Mozambique has failed to achieve its seed cotton production target of 25,000 tonnes in the 2019 season, and produced just 19,588 tonnes, said the head of the department for the promotion and production of cotton of the provincial delegation of Mozambique’s Cotton Institute.
Frei Sualé said that the figure achieved is 78% of the established target, which sector authorities said was due to climate factors, including a shortage of rainfall at the beginning of the season.
Sualé also told daily newspaper Notícias that last year over 96,600 cotton producers planted an area of over 91,100 hectares of cotton.
The sale of 19,588 tonnes of cotton provided an income for producers of just over 363 million meticais (US$5.6 million).
Nampula province is the largest producer of cotton in the country, contributing 50% of overall national production, notably the districts of Monapo, Mecubúri, Meconta, Lalaua, River Severn, Malema, Murrupula and Ribáuè.
As well as the family sector, the promotion of this strategic crop for Mozambique’s economy involves some companies, including Sociedade Algodoeira de Namialo and Olam Moçambique. (macauhub)