Mozambique’s Nampula needs more water resources to develop

27 September 2010

Nampula, Mozambique, 27 Sep – Water may eventually fall short in Nampula province due to the investments in agriculture and mining, so the government must seek solutions to make use of available sources, university professor Alvaro de Carmo Vaz asserted in a speech given in the city of Nampula.

Vaz, who is also an engineer, said during the launch of the “Nampula 2020” provincial strategic development plan that companies such as the banana producer Matanuska and projects such as phosphate exploitation require huge amounts of water, and that currently available resources are not enough to meet such great demand.

If Nampula really wants to develop via projects needing so much water, it should begin considering the construction of one or more dams, projects which can only be carried out in coordination with the central government, due to the major sums involved.

Other participants in the debate said that in areas such as the Belulane economic area in southern Mozambique’s Matola municipality the companies called to invest complained about the scarcity of water for their operations, resulting in major constraints.

Besides the infrastructure component, the Nampula strategy plan is based on pillars such as economic growth, participative governance and social development and human capital.

The plan is an instrument meant to coordinate actions by the different players involved in the province’s development, to create conditions for boosting economic activity with a view to achieving faster economic growth, strengthening the institutional framework and ensuring balanced expansion of the infrastructure network. (macauhub)