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File photo: Courtesy of Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park (PNG) in the central province of Sofala has just dispatched its first sizeable shipment of coffee to the United States of America.
‘O Autarca’ reports that this is the first large shipment ever exported from Gorongosa – an initial 240 kg of high quality coffee destined for roasting in Idaho Falls. “We are very proud of the local farmers and the many people this first big shipment represents; people who work hard to get a cup of Gorongosa Tropical Forest Coffee in your hands,” a source at Gorongosa National Park said.
The PNG Gorongosa coffee project aims to start sustainable coffee production in the park to mitigate the effects of deforestation and climate change pressure, promote agribusiness and increase the income and food security of rural households in the region.
The planting of the first nurseries began in 2013, and already about eighty local family farmers in the Gorongosa mountain range are involved in the cultivation of Arabica coffee, over an area of about 30 hectares.
The project included the construction of a processing unit in the village headquarter of Gorongosa district, which is already fully operational.
The new “Gorongosa” brand, produced in Mozambique under environmentally friendly conditions and taking into account its purpose of protecting the flora, is also associated with local tourist operations, including promotion to PNG tourists and guests.
But the increase in production is expected to scale up other marketing leads, including Mozambique’s cities and the international market, where placement is already guaranteed.
Government authorities in Sofala have already expressed their enthusiasm for the initiative, which combines environmental protection with improving the lives of local people.
Source: O Autarca