Maputo, Mozambique, 21 March – The Japanese government decided to donate rice to Mozambique to the value of US$10 million in order to reduce the deficit of the product in the country, which is estimated at 260,000 ton, under the terms of an agreement signed Friday in Maputo.
After signing the document, which also covers funding to improve road access in Niassa province, Mozambique’s minister for Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga, said that despite the rice deficit Mozambique was not facing a food security problem.
“We are expecting a good agricultural year, although flooding has been reported in some parts of the country. We also believe that with expected volumes of production and with the projected imports of rice by the private sector we can have some stability in the price of rice,” the minister said.
Also according to the minister, the rice donated by Japan will arrive in Mozambique in the third or fourth quarter of this year, at a time when there is likely to be a drop in import stock by the private sector for retail.
In his turn, the Japanese ambassador, Susumo Segawa, said that the donation aimed to boost Mozambique’s food security. (macauhub)