Rice production in Mozambique totals 260,000 tonnes in 2008/09 season

17 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 July – Mozambique’s rice production in the 2008/09 season in Mozambique totalled 260,000 tonnes, a rise of 37 percent against the 190,000 tonnes produced in the previous season, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Thursday.

Preliminary figures for the 2008/09 season published in Mocuba, in Zambézia province, by Agriculture Minister, Soares Nhaca, at the beginning of the 3rd Coordinating Council of his Ministry, showed that the Government made a significant investment to boost rice production as a way of reducing its imports.

The investments included acquisition of quality seeds, machinery and provision of other incentives in the regions that are considered to be potential rice producers, namely Zambézia, Gaza, Sofala and the coastal area of Nampula province.

According to Soares Nhaca, in the context of execution of the Plan of Action for Food Production, overall production of grain is expected to see total growth of 37 percent at the end of this five-year period.

The rise of over 70,000 tonnes of rice is an important step for Mozambique to reach the 400,000 tonnes it needs to entirely cover its rice deficit.

Preliminary evaluation figures for the first year of the Plan of Action for Food Production point to a growth rate of 14 percent in the 2008/09 season, as compared to 7 percent growth in 2007/08. (macauhub)