The Mozambican government has announced that from 2019 the country will stop importing refined sugar from South Africa and from eSwatini (Swaziland).
With the conclusion this year of a sugar refining factory in Maputo province, Mozambique expects from 2019 to stop importing refined white sugar to supply the domestic market.
The Tongaat Hulett refinery is expected to produce around 80,000 tons of sugar per year.
Mozambique’s provincial director for Industry and Commerce, Ernesto Mafumo, told Mozambican daily newspaper O País that the sugar industry is gaining a “new impetus,” especially in Maputo province, which could briefly increase the number of factories, from two to three industrial units.
Mafumo also said that the Maputo sugar industry has an installed capacity of approximately 3 million tons per year, to produce more than 300,000 tons of sugar.
Investments made in the last five years in the relaunch of Mozambique’s sugar industry, valued at around US$800 million, have raised production in the sector, from 90,000 to 450,000 tons per year.