Mozambique: Government builds silos to deal with food crisis

6 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – The Mozambican government plans to build silos with a total capacity of 300,000 tonnes in areas of high agricultural potential to ensure that grain reserves are established in order to deal with the food crisis.

According to the Mozambican minister of Agriculture, Soares Nhaca, cited by the Notícias newspaper, the plan will be implemented over three years (2008-2010) and will cost an estimated US$10 million.

The silos, which will hold up to 5,000 tonnes of food products each, will mainly be built in the provinces of Niassa and Nampula (north), followed by Zambézia and Manica (centre) beginning next year and, later, Gaza (south), Sofala and Tete (centre) and Cabo Delgado (north).

Mozambique currently has a production deficit of rice, wheat, cooking oil, fish and chicken, totalling 470,000 tonnes per year. (macauhub)