Mozambique: Maize production to increase by 17 percent

3 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 April – Maize production in Mozambique is due to see an increase of 17 percent in the current agricultural season, which means that the harvest will be in excess of the 1.4 million tonnes from last season, rising to around 1.6 million tonnes, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper added that the expected rise in production will be the result of implementing the plan of action for food production set up by the Government for the 2008-2011 period with rises also expected in rice and wheat production, grains which will need a few years in order for their deficit to be entirely cancelled out.

During a visit by the President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza, to the headquarters of the Mozambican Agrarian Research Institute (IIAM) in Maputo, where he was updated on the work carried out there, the institute’s director, Calisto Bias, said that 20 promising new varieties of seed were due to be launched.

These include a new variety of maize seed, a new sorghum seed, a new cotton seed, three clones of potato, five types of manioc, five soy clones, three varieties of bens and one variety of sesame.

Bias said that several varieties of wheat were being tested in order to meet the demand for increased production of that grain, as well as 14000 lines of rice, of which 400 are showing good signs.

The IIAM recently launched three varieties of root rot resistant manioc and their accelerated multiplication was underway in Mapula province, a region where a further five varieties are also being tested. (macauhub)