Mozambique: Twenty two thousand tonnes of wheat produced next season

18 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Dec – Mozambique will produce 22,000 tonnes of wheat next season, Boaventura Nuvunga, the national director of agrarian services of the Ministry of Agriculture told Macauhub.

In the previous harvest, in 5,000 tonnes were produced.

Nuvunga gave no projections for the 2009/2020 season, but guaranteed that by 2011 that country would reach production of 96,000 tonnes of wheat.

Mozambique, Nuvunga said, currently has a wheat deficit of 469,000 tonnes.

The next season begins in March and will include a pilot project to boost production per hectare, which currently stands at 1.2 tonnes per hectare.

The project will be implemented in five Mozambican provinces, namely Maputo and Gaza in the southern area, Manica in the centre, Tete in the central-northeast and Manica in northern Mozambique.

Over half of forecast production for next season will, according to Nuvunga, come from the family farming sector.

He also said that the ministry would support farmers by providing teams of oxen to till the land as well as seeds. (macauhub)