Farmers in Chókwè, Mozambique expect production of 24,000 tonnes of rice

26 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 June – Farmers in Chókwè, Mozambique this year expect a rice harvest of 24,000 tonnes in spite of all adverse factors related to poor seed germination and a lack of machinery for the harvest, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

These adverse factors are aggravated by plagues of birds and mice, but the administrator of that district of Gaza province, Agostinho Faquir said that farmers’ involvement had been enormous and the results were also good.

Noting the financial injection provided by the Government of around 70 million meticals, Faquir said that there were producers who would achieve production of five or six tonnes per hectare, which would make up for those unable to harvest more than 2.5 or 3 tonnes per hectare.

“We are hoping to see production of 24,000 tonnes of rice, even taking into account all the constraints faced during this launch season,” said Faquir adding that farmers dependence on handing over their product to industrial facilities was diminishing.

Faquir said that because of the 70 million metical investment some producers had requested to purchase simple machinery to husk rice, which would add value to their product as so far it had been sold with the husk still on it. (macauhub)