Mozambique is one of world’s largest producers of manioc

9 October 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Oct – Mozambique annually produces over 6 million tons of manioc, according to figures released Monday in Maputo at the 10th International Symposium on Tropical Root and Tuber Crops.

Occupying 16.7 percent of Mozambique’s arable land and producing 10.4 tons per hectare, the production recorded in the country is amongst the top ten for manioc production.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), countries such as Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola produce the most manioc and noted that this crop was of great social and economic importance in the world in general.

At the symposium, which is attended by African scientists and researchers, members of the International Society for Tropical Root and Tuber Crops (ISTRC), the minister of Agriculture for Mozambique, Erasmo Muhate wanted to define an effective implementation of the appropriate strategies for agricultural increases, a better approach to roots and tubers as food crops and sources of income and making the results of research more visible, by having greater impact on improving the life of communities.

At the symposium, the theme of which is “Root and Tuber Crops for Poverty Alleviation through Science and Technology for Sustainable Development,” several issues were discussed according to the experiences of each country.

The ISTRC was set up in 1978 by a group of African scientists that recognized the importance of this crop. The meeting ends Friday. (macauhub)