Rice production in Mozambique to grow 30.9 percent in current season

12 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 April – Mozambique plans to produce an extra 80,000 tons of rice in the current season, as compared to the 2008/2009 season, according to the plan for the agricultural sector to which Macauhub had access.

According to the document, in the current season, some 340,000 tons of rice as compared to 259,795 tons lasts season, which is a rise of 30.9 percent.

Generally-speaking, the agricultural sector is expected to see growth of 9.5 percent as compared to the 2008/2009 season.

This growth depends on progress expected in production of cassava (8.4 percent), maize (6.4 percent) and rice (30.9 percent).

However, despite expected growth in rice production, the country continues to have a deficit as annual consumption of the grain is 600,000 tons.

Domestic production meets less than half of the country’s requirements. Over 300,000 tons of rice for domestic consumption is imported, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

Several projects have been implemented to change the situation, particularly in relation to rice including the most recent understanding between a Libyan company and one from Mozambique with a view to producing ice in Matutuine district in Maputo province, southern Mozambique.

Other countries such as Vietnam, China and Japan are interested in supporting Mozambique in increasing its production of rice, not only for domestic consumption but also for export.

Mozambique plans to end rice imports by the end of the current five-year period.

The document also notes wheat production which is expected to rise from 13,000 tons to around 26,000 tons, which is a rise of 84 percent. (macauhub)