Mozambican agricultural production expected to rise in 2009-2010 campaign

16 October 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Oct – Production in the 2009-2010 agricultural campaign in Mozambique is expected to meet the country’s food needs and part of it will be exported, formally or informally, to different countries, according to estimates from the country’s agriculture ministry.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the estimates point to a rise in food production of around 11 percent for grains, 4 percent for legumes, and 8 percent for cassava.

The same figures from the ministry show that production in 2008-2009 for grain rose by around 14 percent, 7 percent for legumes, and 9 percent for cassava, against the 2007-2008 campaign.

In a statement issued at the launch of the 2009-2010 agricultural campaign, Agriculture Minister Soares Nhaca said that the government had been creating a favourable environment so that by 2011 the deficit of the main food products such as grains, beans, peanuts, cassava, beef, chicken and mackerel were reduced, which would make it possible for the country to reduce its dependence on imports.

He said that climate forecasts were encouraging and showed that rainfall would be above average in the October 2009 to March 2010 period. (macauhub)