Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Feb – The Mozambican minister of agriculture Monday in Maputo signed an agreement with donor countries to obtain funding for use in the second phase of its National Agrarian Development Program (Proagri II) , officials said.
Under the terms of the agreement, the donor countries have pledged to provide 15 million euros per year in the 2007/2008 period, which will also be used in the second phase of the program to reduce absolute poverty (Parpa II).
The aim of Proagri is focused on supporting small-scale farmers, both in their activities and in preserving natural resources, and in developing agro-industries to serve both the local and foreign markets.
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Tomás Mandlate, the acceptable skills and bases were set up during the first stage, in which efforts were made to boost institutional capacity.
According to Mandlate, work was also being carried out to set up a favorable environment to encourage many development partners, particularly those from the private sector, to take part.
Through the memorandum that was signed, the partners pledged to provide an earlier and more reliable projection of their contributions and payment plans to the Mozambican treasury.
The first payment, of 30 million euros, is expected to be made before the end of the year. (macauhub)