[dropcaps]E[/dropcaps]xports of sugar in the 2015/16 season in Mozambique may rise by about 19 percent, reaching 305,688 tons, Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias reported.

The newspaper cited figures due to be published Thursday in Manhica, Maputo province, at a seminar at the Xhinavane sugar factory attended by the Minister for Trade Industry, Max Tonela.

In 2014/2015 Mozambique produced 422,622 tons of sugar, which was an 11 percent increase compared to the previous campaign.

The sugar industry in Mozambique was practically destroyed following the civil war when production dropped to 13,000 tons.

The increase in sugar production is a result of the renewal of four of the six Mozambique sugar factories located in Marromeu, Mafambisse, Xhinavane and Maragra following a total investment of US$800 million.

The sugar industry currently employs 35,000 people. The main markets for Mozambican sugar are the European Union, the United States and countries in the region.