Mozambique: China funds construction of agrarian research centers

22 January 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Jan – China is to finance the construction of a two agrarian research centers in Mozambique, at a total investment of US$700 million, under the terms of a cooperation agreement signed Monday in Maputo.

The two centers are to be located in Maputo province and the agreement was signed by the Mozambican and Chinese ministers for Science and Technology, Venâncio Massingue and Wan Gang, respectively.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, before the agreement was signed the two ministers visited the plots of land where the centers are to be built. the centers are expected to contribute to the development of the agrarian sector and, consequently, to the reduction of poverty that affects most of the Mozambican population.

Work on the center to be located at Umbeluzi Agrarian Station is due to begin at the beginning of the second half of this year, and will contain natural and biological sciences laboratories, areas for planting several types of crops as well as for development of aquaculture.

The first phase of the Moamba technological park is expected to be concluded by 2010. At this stage the park and the technological facilities are expected to have been built, as well as residential, retail and industrial areas.

The choice of Moamba for setting up the Technological Park was made by the government, in order to make use of the benefits of the Maputo Development Corridor, the existence of the Port of Maputo and the proximity of the border with South Africa, as well as being within the framework of the government’s plans to make the district a development hub. (macauhub)