Maputo, Mozambique, 3 April – Mozambique’s Minister of Agriculture, Soares Nhaca, said Wednesday in Maputo that 100 tons of wheat seed for the 2008/09 season in order to encourage its production in the country.
Mozambique annually consumes 450,000 tons of wheat per year and, with the exception of a small amount produced in the Angónia plateau, in Tete province, the remainder is imported.
The minister made the statement whilst speaking to academics at Eduardo Mondlane University at a session in to present the results of scientific studies to identify appropriate varieties of manioc and wheat for Mozambican conditions.
The Agriculture minister also said he was sure that wheat could be grown in various areas of the country and added that he hoped the 2014/15 season would see Mozambique producing half of the wheat it consumed.
The price of wheat rose dramatically on the world market last year due to weather conditions, such as the drought in Australia, which is one of the world’s largest wheat producers, and also because of it’s cultivation being reduced in favour of biofuels. (macauhub)