Despite the bureaucratic difficulties caused by Covid, operators from Mozambique will be in Italy on September 7-9 to take part in Macfrut, an important even for all professionals part of the fresh produce sector. Seven Mozambican companies from different regions (the provinces of Manica, Inhambane, Nampula and Maputo) interested in internalization and products of high quality will bring to Italy the aroma and colors of their fruits (mangos, lychees, pineapples, avocadoes, passion fruit, papayas and bananas). This was made possible thanks to the cooperation between AICS in Maputo and Mader, who recognize the great potential Mcfrut has for the country's sustainable development.
Photo by R.P.
In addition, a delegation from Mader will visit the fair and other Italian businesses to assess the opportunities offered by the Italian System, especially when it comes to technology and innovation. The companies will attend Macfrut at the all'African Pavillon - Subsaharian countries.
Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo AICS, with the logistic and organizational support of Unido - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, favors the creation of exchange and networking opportunities to stimulate the growth and promotion of small and medium businesses and contribute to the development of sustainable inclusive chains.
The Maputo market (archive photo by R.P.)
According to FAO sources, Mozambique produces 1.1 million tons of fresh produce, mainly bananas and tomatoes. The limited exports are mainly destined to South Africa. Mozambique also imports a lot of fruit - apples, pears, grapes, citrus fruit - from South Africa. Despite the many limitations of the productive sector and the fact that it needs to considerably improve its standards, the true problem for the country is the lack of chilled logistics and of infrastructures between production and consumption. For Italian companies, Mozambique could be an interesting opportunity when it comes to seeds, technical means and field technologies.