Coconut water in Mozambique

Drinking coconut water in Mozambique

Coastal Mozambique is synonymous with coconuts. Coconut palms grow along the tropical belt on the 26-degree latitude line, north and south.

About 14% of the Mozambican population depends on coconuts as their main source of income and nutrition or food. The country’s total production is about 60 000 tonnes of copra-equivalent, of which 50% is consumed locally.

Coconut palms have a lifespan of 100 years + with peak production between 10 to 30 years old. People collect the coconuts to sell in the markets or deliver them to factories that manufacture over 100 different products from the fruit including oil, copra, sugar, and healthcare items.

At one point, coconuts provided 80% of jobs in the workforce in Mozambique. The country saw its first coconut plantations in the latter half of the 1800s.

However, in the 1990s a deadly disease called coconut lethal yellowing disease began infecting coconut trees across the country.

Today, reports estimate that as much as half of the country’s coconut trees have been destroyed, making it impossible to sustain the same level of production as before.

In many parts of Mozambique, people who do not have access to water sources often rely on coconut water instead to quench their thirst.

Coconut water is rich in various minerals and electrolytes like potassium, calcium, manganese, antioxidants, amino acids, and cytokinins. Coconut water is the best source of potassium and contains almost 470 mg of potassium. It is low in calories, carbohydrates, and sugar, unlike other juices

Last year East Agro announced that they would set up a coconut factory In the Zambezia Province. The factory will produce cooking oil, coconut water, coconut fibre and copra. The facility, worth about USD4.8-million, will have capacity to process 20,000 coconuts per day.

 

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