Mozambique: President Guebuza favors biofuel as it won’t worsen “problems of people”

19 February 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Feb – President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique said on Monday that he backs national production of biofuels as is does not conflict with the government’s programs to combat hunger and poverty.

“Biofuels cannot at any time put the people at risk. If they come to Mozambique it is to resolve people’s problems and not to worsen them,” Guebuza told a meeting of top officials at the Maputo Ministry of Agriculture.

Guebuza made a special call for plants used to make biofuels to be grown in less fertile areas to not affect national food production. Due to its good climate and growing conditions, Mozambique has been earmarked for numerous biofuels investment projects and the Maputo government has drawn up a development plan for the industry.

Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namburete said recently that Maputo received requests last year to develop biofuel production projects on more than 5 million hectares. Mozambique inked an accord with Brazil last year to develop a biofuels venture in partnership with Petrobras.

An accord was recently signed to build a sugar cane biofuel plant in the southern province of Gaza valued at US$ 500 million and occupying an area of 30,000 hectares. (macauhub)