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Manica Will Export 400 Tonnes of Organic Lychee to the European Market

Manica Will Export 400 Tonnes of Organic Lychee to the European Market

The province of Manica, in the center of the country, will export this year 400 tons of organic lychees to the European market, production that will be supplied by agricultural multinationals and family businesses, said this Tuesday, November 22, a government source.

This year’s export represents an increase of 40 tons in relation to last year’s, for a market that needs more than six thousand tons of that fruit, said the governor of Manica, Francisca Tomás, highlighting the need to boost the family sector, which contributes with a considerable part of the production.

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“We continue with the challenge of giving Manica province the status of one of the largest producers and exporters of lychee”, said the governor at the launching, in Sussundenga, of the lychee commercialization campaign.

Francisca Tomás referred that some multinationals in the agricultural chain are promoting the production of seedlings for small quantities and to reinforce the technical assistance, through state extension workers, to obtain larger quantities and qualities of that fruit in the coming years.

The leader also challenged the partner companies and institutions linked to agricultural research for the introduction of new varieties, as well as the expansion of production to districts with favorable agro-ecological conditions.

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Production is currently concentrated in the districts of Manica, Sussundenga and Bárue, and there are regions with a cool climate and unexploited production potential, such as Macate, Gondola and Mossurize, he said.

The government, through the Institute for Export Promotion (IPEX), signed in 2010 an agreement with the CBI, an organization that supports the promotion of imports in developing countries to Europe based in the Netherlands, for the placement of lychee and other products on that continent.

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