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The southern Mozambican province of Inhambane exported goods worth slightly more than 51 million US dollars in the first six months of this year, according to the provincial governor, Daniel Chapo.
He was giving a report on the province to President Filipe Nyusi, who is on an official visit to Inhambane.
The vast majority of Inhambane’s export earnings come from the natural gas and condensate processed by the South African petrochemical giant, Sasol, at Temane. These exports brought in 50.62 million dollars. The province’s other exports were coconuts and their derivatives, cashew nuts, vegetables, and fisheries produce. Between them these earned only 445,470 dollars.
Chapo reported that agricultural production in Inhambane is now recovering after the severe drought which ravaged crops in the 2015/16 agricultural year. In the first six months of 2017, he said, the province produced 2.2 million tonnes of assorted crops.
Although this was only 77.9 per cent of what had been planned, it was much better than the figures for 2016. Then, in the entire year, the province had only produced 2.3 million tonnes of crops.
In the first two months of this year, Inhambane had suffered from flooding and from the devastation caused by Cyclone Dineo, which affected most of the province except for the northern districts of Mabote and Funhalouro. In all, the cyclone affected over 550,000 people. It caused seven deaths and 101 injuries.
Nonetheless, there is a recovery in production, and the provincial authorities assured Nyusi that this year there will be no hunger in Inhambane.Source: AIM