Biofuel production in Mozambique will not affect food security – President Guebuza

10 September 2007

Brasilia, 10 Sept – The increased harvest of plants for biofuel production in Mozambique will not compromise the country’s food security, President Armando Guebuza has said.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the production of those plants does not affect food production, Guebuza told Mozambican journalists Saturday in Brasilia.

Brazil has offered to help Mozambique produce biofuels in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and create jobs.

Guebuza recalled that Mozambicans have planted tobacco and cotton for centuries and that this has never interfered with food production.

“I’m well aware of the importance of producing food but biofuel production is also a source of employment and income,” the Mozambican president added.

Guebuza also met Saturday with the Brazilian ministers of education and culture, respectively Fernando Hadad and Gilberto Gil. Mozambique and Brazil have decided to increase cooperation in those areas.

The two countries signed six agreements during Guebuza’s visit, one of which focuses on distance teaching and on incentives to encourage science training for Mozambican students.

Armando Guebuza also invited his Brazilian counterpart, Luís Lula da Silva, to visit Mozambique, where he already made an official visit during his first term in office. (macauhub)