Agricultural project in Zambézia, Mozambique provides producers with more income

15 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Sept – Farmers in the Mozambican province of Zambézia involved in a food safety project of the Assistance Resources Development Agency (ADRA-Moçambique) had a joint income in 2009 of over US$1 million, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The project, named Osanzaya (Making Zambézia Happy), began two years ago and particularly focuses on creating income from agricultural production and includes five areas of action: Agriculture, sale, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and literacy.

The director of ADRA in Zambézia, Rodolfo Henriquez, told the newspaper that the US$1 million figure had been achieved with the sale in 2009 of agricultural surpluses.

The survey made it possible to identify the cops with greatest agricultural potential and in greatest demand, such as maize, peanuts, boer beans, cashew nuts and cassava.

Speaking to the newspaper during the Health and Agri-Business Fair held last week in the city of Mocuba, Henriquez said that at the moment the 450 producers that were directly assisted by the project had focused their attention on production and sale of maize, peanuts and boer beans, although assistance had been given to cashew producers in several districts where the project was underway.

ADRA invested just over US$3.5 million in 2009 and the project has a time period of five years. (macauhub)