Maputo, Mozambique, 28 July – The Mozambican Ministry for Industry and Trade Friday launched a public tender for construction of silos, in order to ensure the availability of food in the 2009-2011 period, officials said.
The companies that are granted the tender will have to build a so far unknown number of silos, with the capacity to store 60,000 tonnes of various food products, according to a ministry statement.
According to the same statement, in the first phase of the Plan of Action for 2008-2011 Food Production US$10 million will be spent on construction of silos in Niassa and Nampula as well as in Zambézia and Manica, the provinces with greatest agricultural potential in Mozambique.
The second phase of the programme will cover the provinces of Gaza, Sofala, Tete and Cabo Delgado.
As well as ensuring that food is stored in the silos, the plan also aims to “increase production and productivity by establishing a secure and permanent market.”
Portugal recently pledged, via its Finance Ministry, to provide a 100 million-euro credit line for the construction of grain silos in Mozambique. (macauhub)