Maputo province in Mozambique to get new irrigation systems

7 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 July – Construction of 100 irrigated fields and small irrigation systems will boost food production in Maputo province, Maputo’s provincial Agriculture director, Setina Titosse told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

During the Provincial Agricultural Coordinating Council, which summarised activities scheduled and carried out over the last five years, Titosse noted that the first season of the current agricultural campaign saw record grain production, estimated at 192,000 tonnes, as compared to 90,000 in the previous harvest.

Titosse also told the newspaper that this programme aims to meet the challenges caused by various natural phenomena, which have led to weak production and food productivity, particularly grains.

The provincial director of Agriculture for Maputo said that amongst the 100 units to be created her sector would be able to ensure production in areas that vary between 15 and 20 hectares.

Titosse also said that using animal-driven equipment in order to increase production and productivity would be another of her sector’s focuses, considering that agricultural mechanisation will not be possible in the short term.

Titosse said she believed that production of grains, vegetables, as well as other food products, would see a significant rise and added that there had been significant advances made in potato production, as the first harvest, four years ago, had resulted in 3,000 tonnes of produce and this year is estimated at 20,000 tonnes. (macauhub)