Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Oct – Nearly US$50 million will be invested to improve cattle breeds for meat-producing family operations in Inhambane province, reports the Maputo-based daily Noticias.
The newspaper specifies that nearly 3,000 head of cattle, among them the Brahman breed known for its high reproductive capacity, have been placed in the province and may increase to 9,000 head in the next five years.
Under the same foreign-backed project, Inhambane may be endowed with a meat processing unit whose raw material will be supplied by the newly introduced breeds. The economic sustainability is expected to encourage family operators to become more involved in meat commercialisation.
The processing unit will be of industrial size and comply with international standards. Details such as its eventual location are still being discussed.
Inhambane has authorised eight livestock development projects this year, targeting five districts whose climate is suitable for raising cattle.
Inhambane province currently counts just over 200,000 head of cattle. (macauhub)