Maputo, Mozambique, 12 May – The management of the 39 food storage silos to be built in Mozambique by 2014 will be handed over to private companies via public tenders, the Minister for Industry and Trade, António Fernando said in Maputo.
Making management private, the minister said, aimed to ensure competitiveness and favour rural workers in the process of commercial exchange as well as ensuring the process is transparent.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the minister said that construction of the silos aimed to ensure and facilitate distribution of grain, as part of the food safety programme, absorb surpluses in neighbouring areas and promote payment of a fair price to the producer.
Fernando also said that the government planned, as well as building the silos, to refurbish some warehouses, to be used as support facilities in the chosen districts.
By the end of 2014 Mozambique will have a silo storage capacity of 39,000 tons, with construction of a total of 39 silos with capacity of 1,000 tons in locations that are considered to be strategic in the provinces of Sofala, Tete, Zambézia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, which are seen to be highly productive.
Initially, according to Fernando, who was speaking in Maputo about agricultural sales, 18 silos (18,000 tons) will be built in Nhamatanda and Gorongosa (Sofala), Iapala (Nampula), Cuamba (Niassa) and Milange, in Zambézia.
Meanwhile the public tender was launched, the evaluation phase for the technical and financial proposals for construction of a further 21 silos has been concluded. The silos will be built in Angónia (Tete), Alto Molócuè (Zambézia), Ancuabe (Cabo Delgado), Lichinga (Niassa) and Malema (Nampula). (macauhub)