Mozambique: World Food Programme to buy agricultural products in Nampula

20 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 April – Grain sales in the current agricultural season in Nampula province have been secured following the World Food Programme (WFP) showing interest in buying it, according to a report in newspaper Notícias.

The paper added that the United Nations Agency also promised to provide technical and financial assistance to producers after the harvest in building improved warehouses and grain barns, in an effort to ensure the quality of cereals up to their consumption.

Over the next few days an WFP mission is expected to arrive in Nampula from its central offices in Italy, to sign a long term agreement with Ykuru, the company that sells agricultural products in the northern province.

In the first phase, Ykuru will acquire 500 tonnes of grain, of which 300 will be maize and the remainder nhemba beans.

Moisés Raposo, Ykuru manager, noted that those quantities would be acquired from family producers in four districts, namely Malema, Mecuburi, Monapo and Ribáuè where, according to the same source, significant quantities of foodstuffs have remained in the hands of rural workers due to difficulties with putting them on the market, particularly due to a lack of operators.

Last year Ykuru secured the supply of around 700 tonnes of beans to the WFP. (macauhub)