UN Fund for Agricultural Development grants US$50 million to Mozambique for artisanal fishing

23 September 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Sept – The United Nations (UN) Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) over the next five years is to grant Mozambique funding of US$50 million to support the artisanal fishing sector.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, for the first time part of the funding will be used to support small shrimp farming initiatives.

Representative from the Fisheries Ministry, non-governmental organisations and cooperation partners have been meeting in Maputo since Tuesday, to discuss the experiences of the projects to develop artisanal fishing in Mozambique.

The areas that will benefit from the projects have yet to be established, but studies from the National Institute for Aquaculture Development show that the greatest potential, in terms of native species to be farmed, soils and water resources, is located in the provinces of Manica, Zambézia and Niassa and along the hydrographical basins of the Maputo, Umbeluzi, Limpopo, Save, Búzi, Púnguè, Zambezi, Licungo, Ligonha, Messalo and Rovuma rivers. (macauhub)