Mozambique: Niassa province reintroduces wheat production

9 March 2009

Lichinga, Mozambique, 9 March – Wheat production is due to be re-launched in the Mozambican province of Niassa making use of Mozambique’s climate potential, the province’s Agriculture director, Domingos Madane told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The plan, Madane said, was to plant a total of 400 hectares of wheat with total expected production of 520 tonnes. This level of production is expected to increase over the next few years as more rural workers and the commercial agricultural sector become involved.

In the current season rural workers are due to be provided with just over 40 tonnes of seed via the Ministry for Agriculture and another 43,000 that are to be acquired by the provincial directorate.

The re-launch of wheat production in the province is part of the government programme that aims to reduce the deficit of the grain, which currently stands at 469,500 tonnes.

Across the country the reintroduction in Tete and Manica provinces began last season and with the inclusion of Niassa in the current season, it is hoped that a total of 11,350 hectares of land will be sown and production will reach 21,300 tonnes this season.

The level of production expected by the Government aims to reduce the country’s import needs by some 387,900 tonnes in the 2010/2011 season, or 80 percent of total expected consumption.

On a local level conditions are to be set up to secure domestic acquisition of all wheat produced in the country. (macauhub)