Brazil boosts cooperation with Mozambique on opening Embrapa office

31 August 2009

Brasilia, Brazil, 31 Aug – Brazil will boost its agricultural cooperation with Mozambique with the signing of a trilateral agreement, involving Japan, and opening up an Embrapa office in Maputo, the Mozambican Agriculture Minister said in Brasilia.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Soares Nhaca, who is visiting Brazil, said that the representation of Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Brazilian Agri-livestock Research Company) was expected to open in the first half of next year and gave assurances that the “decision has already been made.”

According to Nhaca, a memorandum of understanding for this step will be signed on 14 September, when a delegation of Embrapa will be in Maputo, headed by the institution’s chairman, Pedro António Pereira.

On that date another important agreement will also be signed, which involves Japanese funding for the development of the savannah area of the Nacala corridor.

Brazil, which in the last few years has seen significant growth in agri-livestock production in the “cerrado” – a replica of the Mozambican savannah –will transfer its technology to Mozambique.

The “cerrado” covers an area of over 1.9 million square kilometres that stretch across 12 States and the Federal District and is currently the main region producing grains and beef in Brazil.

According to the minister, boosting capacity in the area of agrarian research, transfer of technology for production of high yield seeds and genetic improvement are all priorities for Mozambique.

In Brasilia, Nhaca met with various officials, including Brazil’s agriculture minister, Reinhold Stephanes, and the chairman of Embrapa.

From the Brazilian capital the minister will travel on to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and return to Mozambique on 6 September. (macauhub)