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From August of this year, Moamba district in Maputo province will have a sugar factory costing about EUR 30 million – more than two billion meticais – owned and run by Pure Diets Mozambique, an Indian company.
Pure Diets‘ Mozambique Managing Director Subramanian Palanisamy, said the plant would feed the Mozambican and European markets.
“This sugar is natural – we do not use chemicals during the production process,” he told Maputo governor Raimundo Diomba when he visited the company’s premises in Malengane, Sábiè administrative post.
The company currently has 400 employees, mostly working in the sugarcane fields, and expects to hire another 100 technicians. It has an area of 4,095 hectares for sugarcane production, and about 1,000 hectares set aside for the plant, but the company’s director general says that at least 2,000 hectares are needed.
At the end of his visit, Governor Diomba challenged farmers in the region to increase agricultural production in order to feed Maputo markets, increase their income and improve their living standards.
The Maputo governor urged Pure Diets Mozambique to resolve land conflict problems with residents. “It is urgent that this matter be overcome, because this factory will benefit everyone, including the local population through job creation,” he said.
The sugar sector in Mozambique has invested about US$800 million over the past five years. The country currently has four large sugar factories: Mafambisse and Marromeu in Sofala province, and Maragra and Xinavane in Maputo.Source: O País
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