Mozambique: Mozambican government approves plan of action for food production

11 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Sept – The government of Mozambique has approved a plan of action for food production for 2008-2011, the main aim of which is to reduce the current grain deficit, government spokesman Luis Covane said in Maputo.

Covane said that the plan of action required funding of US$333 million so that it could be put into effect in the current farming year.

The spokesman, who is also deputy minister for Education and culture, said that the plan of action required US$98 million for the 2008/09 season and US$132 million and US$103 million for the following two seasons, with the government planning to use the country’s own resources to fund the project.

“The plan includes, for example, investment in high quality seeds and a more efficient system as well as introduction of techniques to improve production of fish, wheat and maize, the three basic ingredients of our diet,” said the deputy minister.

Mozambique needs to import around 500,000 tonnes of grain each year, mainly wheat and rice. (macauhub)