Exports of bananas produced in Mozambique brings in over US$70 million per year, according to António Gomes, vice-president of the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA) with responsibility for agricultural business.
Gomes told Mozambican weekly newspaper Domingo that, alongside efforts to produce quality bananas, prices in South Africa had increased, which benefitted Mozambican businesses and the economy.
The official gave the example of Belúzi Bananas, a company located in the region of Boane, in Maputo province, which this year has an export target of 1.2 million boxes (cartons) of bananas to South Africa, worth 100 million rand (about US$10 million).
Banana companies currently export an average of 80 refrigerated trucks per week to the South African market, or more than 2,000 tons of bananas per week or 100,000 tons a year.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) puts Mozambique in third place in the list of top banana producers in Africa, second only to the Ivory Coast and Cameroon. (macauhb/MZ)
- Mozambique exports US$50 million in bananas in 2011
- Matanuska Moçambique exports 54,000 tons of bananas this year
- Mozambican company to place 3,000 tons of bananas on the UK market this year
- Mozambique’s Manica province expects to export 700 tonnes of bananas to Europe
- Matanuska Moçambique exports 1,400 tons of bananas a day