Brazil to give agricultural, business training to Mozambican students

12 August 2009

Fortaleza, Brazil, 12 Aug – Brazilian state research center Embrapa Agroindustria Tropical, based in Fortaleza in the state of Ceara, begins training technicians in October from Mozambique’s Gaza Higher Polytechnic and Institute for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises of Mozambique (Ipeme), officials said.

“This training is part of a cooperation accord geared to production and processing of fruit and vegetables,” Embrapa CEO Vitor Hugo de Oliveira told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Ipeme director general Odete Tsamba said Embrapa’s technology transfer “is vital” for the training stage and installation of pilot production units for fruit, vegetables and maize in Chokwe, Gaza province, and Boane in Maputo province.

“This is a two-year project,” added Tsamba, with the goal of training 30 people drawn from the ranks of small to medium business people in the final year of the Gaza Higher Polytechnic.

Tsamba was shown Embrapa’s fruit research farm in Ceara as well as micro-plants for processing of cashew nuts and peduncle in the presence of officials from the Polytechnic and United Nations Industrial Development Unit.

In June, Tsamba was at the Brazilian Service for Support to Micro and Small Companies (Sebrae), in Brasilia, to sign an accord “for institutional training at Ipeme,” a state body created last December.

The first Center for Business Response, “with support from Sebrae,” will begin operating mid-2010 to support business people in an initiative that will spread to other parts of the country.

Mozambique has around 29,000 micro and small firms representing 87.5% of the total, according to a study, most in the sectors of services and agriculture.

Embrapa has a tradition of entering agreements with Portuguese-speaking counties like Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome and Guinea-Bissau in the area of cashew production, the Brazilian body said. (macauhub)