The central Mozambican province of Manica is set to export 400 tonnes of organic lychees to the European market this year. The fruit is being supplied by a combination of agricultural multinationals and family businesses, a government source said last week.
This year’s export represents an increase of 40 tons compared to last year, but the market could absorb another 6,000 tons of the fruit, Governor of Manica Francisca Tomas said at the launch of the lychee marketing campaign in Sussundenga.
“We will continue to challenge for the title of one of the largest producers and exporters of lychee,” Governor Tomas said, highlighting the need to boost the family sector, which nonetheless already contributes a considerable part of the production.
Francisca Tomas also remarked that some multinationals in the agricultural chain were promoting the production of seedlings and strengthening technical assistance through state extension agents, in search of greater quantities of higher quality lychees in future.
Governor Tomas also challenged partner companies and institutions linked to agricultural research to introduce new varieties of lychee and expand production to districts with favourable agro-ecological conditions.
Lychee production is currently concentrated in the districts of Manica, Sussundenga and Barue. Regions in the province with a cool climate, and therefore lychee production potential, such as Macate, Gondola and Mossurize,remain unexplored, she said.
In 2010, the government, through the Institute for the Promotion of Exports (IPEX), signed an agreement with the Netherlands-based Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, an organisation which supports the promotion of imports from developing countries to Europe.