Mozambique: Mozambican cotton company reintroduces animal-driven agricultural equipment in Nampula province

18 August 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Aug – Cotton company Sociedade Algodoeira do Namialo (Sanan) has decided to adopt animal-driven equipment as a way of ensuring that families are able to plant and harvest cotton without an additional financial burden, the company’s chairman said.

Issufo Nurmamad said that some 450 cattle were due to arrive in Nampula province for training in animal-driven production techniques of producers from two districts seleceted for the pilot project to find alternatives to ever-increasing fuel prices.

Nurmamad also said that the cattle had been acquired in Manica province, with species selected for their abilities to do the kind of work required.

Sanam is considered to be Mozambique’s largest raw cotton producer as its harvests account for around half of production in Nampula province and the company works with around 40,000 family cotton growers. (macauhub)