United States fund agricultural programme in Mozambique

10 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 July – The US government is due Friday in Maputo to launch a programme to promote the “competitiveness and prosperity” of agri-business for Mozambique, which is budgeted at US$20 million, the US embassy said Thursday.

The initiative, which will be carried out by USAID, will be launched by the ambassador in Maputo, Todd Chapman, and the launch event will be attended by Mozambican Agriculture Minister, Soares Nhaca.

The programme, known as AgriFuturo, is for the promotion of pineapple, bananas, mangos, maize, soy, peanuts, cashews and forestry products, the press statement said.

A team of Mozambicans will head up the implementation of the project to ensure that “national skills in agri-business are maximised,” the statement said. (macauhub)