Mozambique grain harvest expected to reach 2 million tons in 2006

16 May 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 May – Mozambique’s grain harvest in 2006 is expected to reach a total of 2 million tons, which would represent an increase of 10 percent in comparison to the 2004/2005 harvest, the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Tomás Mandlate said in Namaacha.

“The increase will allow Mozambique to meet its deficit of food due to the drought over the last two seasons,” said Mandlate.

The minister, who was speaking at the opening of a national meeting of agricultural services, also said that of the total harvest 1.5 million tons would be of maize, corresponding to growth of 11 percent, which surpasses national demand for the grain, which is estimated at 1.4 million tons.

“The production of legumes and manioc has also increased by around 9.6 percent and 13.8 percent, respectively,” said Mandlate.

The minister also said that “a large part of production is concentrated in areas in the center and north of Mozambique, which means that some regions may still have difficulties in satisfying local demands due to a difficulty in distributing production to other areas of consumption,” in the south of the country.

Mandlate also said that in the last decade herds of domestic animals had increased allowing for a growth rate of 12 percent in meat production between 2000 and 2005.

The minister also said that national beef production had allowed Mozambique to reduce its imports in 2005 by 22 percent in comparison to the previous year. (macauhub)