Japan interested in rice production in Mozambique

11 September 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Sept – A business mission from Japan is this week expected to visit Nampula province to study investment opportunities in the agriculture sector for rice production, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

João Duarte, head of the Provincial Agriculture services, said that the southern region of Nampula, which includes the districts of Moma, Angoche and Mogincual, is the one with greatest possibility of attracting the interest of the Japanese due to the potential of its soils and human resources.

In the period befroe independence Angoche district was the centre for industrial sale and processing of the rice produced in the region.

Nampula province has over 6,000 hectares of land with potential to grow rice.

The Japanese ambassador to Mozambique, Shium-IchiMutara said recently in Nampula that the Japanese government was interested in investing in the agricultural sector for exploration of cash and grain crops.

Nampula has 4 million hectares of arable land, most of which is under used. (macauhub)