Mozambique: Government to launch recovery of Sementes de Mozambique seed company

30 March 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 March – The Mozambican government has decided to launch the recovery of seed company Sementes de Moçambique (Semoc), a project that initially includes investment of 17 million meticals, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

The national director for Agrarian Services at the Agriculture Ministry, Boaventura Nuvunga, told the news agency that an action plan had been drawn up to recover the company, which included an investment credit between the Treasury an Semoc, for funding maintenance of the processing factory in Chimoio, capital of the central province of Manica.

The credit will also be applied to acquiring a mobile seed processing factory and its respective truck and field motor vehicles, as well as refurbishing Semoc’s warehouses.

The recovery of this company, which has been facing innumerable difficulties in its operation, is part of a number of activities to implement the Plan of Action for Food Production (PAPA) 2008-2011.

On of PAPA’s priority action is related to boosting the capacity to control seed quality and for that purpose in the first half of 2009 the central and regional seed laboratories are due to be refurbished as part of a project expected to cost US$10 million.

This project, which also includes acquisition of vehicles for the central and regional seed laboratories, has the technical assistance of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and is funded by the European Union (EU). (macauhub)