Mozambique: Inhambane province to build 11 irrigation systems

11 March 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 March – A total of 11 irrigation systems are due to be built I the districts of Mabote and Funhalouro, in Mozambique’s Inhambane province, in the south of Mozambique, Pedro Zucula, the province’s agriculture director told Macauhub.

According to Zucula, when these systems go into operation production in the two districts is expected to rise, as they often face difficulties due to cyclical droughts.

The systems that are to be set up in Inhambane province are expected to irrigate an area of 400 hectares, where grains and vegetables will be produced, Macauhub’s source said.

Of the 400 hectares, 60 percent will be used for grain production, from which 20 tonnes per hectare are estimated to be produced.

Construction of the irrigation system in those locations is due to cost the government and its partners 4 million meticals.

Inhambane province, according to Zucula, plans to produce 1.2 million tones of grain (60 percent) and other crops (40 percent) this season. (macauhub)