Mozambique needs boosted agricultural production

4 October 2006

Zandamela, Mozambique, 04 Oct – Mozambique’s deputy agriculture minister, Catarina Pajume, says new ways of maximizing the potential of farming land must be found to alleviate the poverty of rural smallholders.

Pajume said Tuesday that better use of available resources, particularly in farming production, could help to end what some have described as a national “habit of begging”, seeking food overseas while the country has sufficient cultivatable land and rivers that could make it food self-sufficient if used properly.

Only 16 million hectares from over 36 million hectares of arable land in Mozambique are currently used for agricultural production.

Pajume was visiting an arid region of the province of Inhambane, where there is an ever-present threat of nutritional crisis. She said the Maputo government is ready to offer all assistance necessary to those ready to dedicate themselves to work.

Maputo’s assistance centers on the provision of officials to offer advice to smallholders, added Pajume, especially on new production technologies. (macauhub)