Mozambique: Agricultural sector must develop to avoid food scarcity

23 April 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 April – Mozambique must develop its agricultural sector in order to avoid a deficit of food availability, the representative of the World Food Programme for Mozambique, Ken Davies said in Maputo Tuesday.

Speaking to the press, Davies said that Mozambique had enough land and if agricultural production was increased the country would not have to import basic products, such as rice.

“The country has to develop its agricultural sector,” he noted.

Mozambique imports 400,000 tonnes of wheat and 350,000 tonnes of rice per year.

In order to support production of basic foodstuffs into the country, the WFP and the Mozambican government started a programme worth US$1.4 million to purchase food directly from famers’ associations.

Davies said that the programme would be implemented in stages in five Mozambican provinces.(macauhub)