Construction of grain silos begins in Mozambique

9 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 June – The programme to build five silo complexes with a joint capacity of 18,000 tonnes of grains has begun in three of Mozambique’s provinces, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper said that the silos were being built in Cuamba, Niassa province, Iapala, in Nampula, Milange in Zambézia, and Nhamatanda and Gorongosa, in Sofala, as part of the Action Programme for Food Production, the execution of which involves multi-sector teams, from Agriculture, Industry and Commerce, Transport and Communications, Planning and Development, amongst other sectors.

According to the schedule of work underway, announced by the Minsiter for Trade and Industry, António Fernando, between the end of October and beginning of November of this year the first unit of its kind will be opened in Sofala province, in Nhamatanda or the town of Gorongosa.

Speaking to the newspaper, the director for Industry and Trade in Sofala, José Ferreira said that as part of the same programme a warehouse with capacity to store 2,500 tonnes would be also be built in Gorongosa, whilst in Nhamatanda district two buildings of the former Mozambique Grains Institute would be used to store 750 tonnes each.

With this project the government aims to reduce the cyclical famines that occur in Mozambique, due to the fact that farmers are forced to sell their entire production due to a lack of conservation of excess production. (macauhub)