More on Westfalia Fruto Moçambique
Westfalia Fruto Moçambique was created in 2014 with the start of a litchi out-grower programme that successfully exported a few tons of litchis to the EU in November. During 2015 and 2016 the operation established a 250ha avocado orchard on Zembe Farm in Sussundenga with Hass and Carmen®-Hass varieties planted.
Avocado exports began in 2017 with the fruit of two of WFM’s commercial out-growers. As of the 2019/2020 season, WFM packed and exported 240 gross tons of litchis and 2222 tons of avocados, mainly to the EU.
More on the out-grower programme
WFM has been working in close collaboration with small-scale litchi growers in the Catandica area since 2014. This out-grower programme has expanded into most of the Manica province, with growers joining from Gondola, Vanduzi and Macate. The Manica Litchi Growers Association was created in 2016 to facilitate the growers’ GlobalGAP accreditation as an Option 1 Multi-site.
In 2018-2019, WFM successfully applied for and received grant funding from the World Bank to provide irrigation systems to help 200 out-growers improve their fruit quality. Application of the fund terms began in mid-2019. Installation of the microjet irrigation systems began in March 2020 with completion expected by the end of this year.
As part of the project, Westfalia is to provide 20 000 Pinkerton seedlings to its out-growers over the course of three years. The seedling production has begun, with the first batch to be delivered in early 2021.