Mozambique: Grain silos built in northern city

6 January 2009

Tete, Mozambique, 6 Jan – Six silos with capacity to store 50,000 tons of cereals have been built around the city of Tete to lessen the impact of global food shortages, Tete province’s director of agriculture, Leonor Neves, has said.

A seventh silo will be constructed in the district of Angonia, the most fertile area of the province that will have boosted cereal production this year compared to 2008 due to improved farming methods.

The new silos “practically guarantee the marketing of all cereal produced in Tete from 2009,” said Neves, adding two large storage depots have also been built and these will facilitate trading of cereals in the interior of Mozambique as well as in neighboring Malawi.

There is already a flourishing cross-border trade in maize, wheat, millet and salt from Mozambique to Malawi in exchange for bicycles, sugar and a range of plastic goods.

Neves also announced that a new cereal processing plant, valued at US$ 15 million, will start operating in April in the outskirts of Tete city. (macauhub)