Farmers in Manica province in central Mozambique are set to export 400 tons of organic lychees to the European Union market before the end of this year. The fruit is being supplied by a combination of agricultural multinationals and family businesses.
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, the governor of Manica province, Francisca Tomas said at the launch of the lychee marketing campaign in Sussundenga.
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.
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.