Mozambique: 350,000 tons of pigeon peas destined for India are stranded in Nampula
Dried Pigeon Pea
Supply Chain Management
Regulation & Compliances
Published Dec 2, 2023
Around 350,000 tons of pigeon peas in Mozambique are at risk of deterioration due to difficulties in exporting them to India. The export process is currently stalled, and if a solution is not found, the product may have to be thrown away. The issue stems from a court decision that annulled a decision by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to cancel a public tender for the allocation of quotas to export pigeon peas to India.
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‘O País Económico’ visited one warehouse on the outskirts of the city of Nampula and saw large quantities of pigeon peas intended for export to India, but, at the moment, the export process is stalled, with businesspeople running the risk of losing part or all of the product. “The current known total is around 350,000 tons, but we have more in other warehouses. If we don’t have any solution, we will have to throw it away. Stockists are doing everything they can to keep the pigeon peas in a condition to be exported, and some have hired women to crush and sift them in order to guarantee their conservation, but I cannot guarantee that they will be in good condition by January 2024,” explained Hilário Mindoso, from the Nampula Exporters and Importers Association. The warehouses located in Nacala are also full, so much so that part of the stock is placed in the yard and rain is the great enemy of its owners. The difficulty in exporting is due to a decision by the Administrative ...