Mozambican agriculture dependent on rainfall for food production

22 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Nov – Almost the entire 50,000 hectares of land that is irrigated in Mozambique belongs to sugar companies and this food production, mainly of grains, mainly depends on rainfall, an official said in Maputo.

Fernando Songane, of the Agriculture Ministry, said that the ministry’s focus was to try to reach 3,000 to 4,000 hectares of irrigated land per year but added that the result so far achieved did not exceed 1,500 hectares, despite a slight rise in terms of small scale producers.

Songane was speaking at the annual seminar of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFDA), an event that took place last week in Maputo and brought together 16 countries from Southern and West Africa to discuss management of projects funded by IFDA and for the countries to exchange experiences.

The IFDA is an international institution to support needy populations that are mainly dedicated to agriculture and small-scale fishing. It has provided assistance to Mozambique since 1983 and since then has provided over US$285 million in donations and loans.

The IFDA is currently implementing the artisanal fishing project on the Sofala Bank, worth US$31 million, agricultural market projects (US$40 million), rural extension project (US$20 million) and support for rural finances, co-funded by the African Development Bank (US$34 million). (macauhub)