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Monday, 04 April 2016

Mozambique: Drought Will Reduce Sugar Production

Sugar production in Mozambique will decline this year because of the drought hitting sugar production areas in the south and centre of the country. According to Joao Jeque, the executive director of the Mozambican Association of Sugar Producers (APAMO), in 2015 the sector produced 3.3 million tonnes of sugar cane, but the drought guarantees that this amount cannot be produced in the current campaign. Jeque was speaking on Friday at an international sugar conference in Maputo, which was discussing how to improve the production and marketing of sugar. He pointed out that, of the 3.3 million tonnes of cane produced last year, between 20 and 24 per cent came from peasant farmers, who sell their cane to the large sugar companies for processing (...) In recent years, the four Mozambican sugar mills have produced an average of 450,000 tonnes of sugar a year. Less than 200,000 tonnes is consumed on the domestic market, while the rest is exported. The European Union is the main market for Mozambican sugar.
Source: allafrica.com