Japan and Brazil to cooperate in Mozambique’s agricultural development

16 March 2010

Tokyo, Japan, 16 March – The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced a plan for the agricultural development of the Mozambican savannah in partnership with the Brazilian government, Japanese television station NHK said Monday in Tokyo.

The project aims to develop 5.5 million hectares of savannah in Mozambique, an area the size of Croatia , and 2 million hectares will be used for agricultural exploration.

According to JICA the aim is to cooperate with the Brazilian government to transform a vast area of bush into an agricultural region, as it did in Brazil with the Cerrado area, which had similar geographical and weather conditions.

Research work in Mozambique will begin in October with a view to deciding the varieties of seeds and plants that are appropriate for the land and how to enrich it for cultivation.

According to JICA the project aims to transform Mozambique’s primary sector, as well as bringing Japan closer to Africa.

This week representatives of the Mozambican Agriculture Ministry and Japanese and Brazilian specialists are due to host a symposium to launch ground work for the project. (macauhub)