Italy funds agricultural projects in Mozambique

30 May 2011

Chimoio, Mozambique, 30 May – The governments of Mozambique and Italy Thursday signed a financing agreement worth 15.5 million euros for agricultural projects and combating poverty in the provinces of Manica and Sofala, in the centre of the country.

At a meeting of the joint commission in Chimoio, the capital of Manica, the two governments approved the first operational plan of the Programme to support Rural Development (PADR) to be carried out in eight districts of the two provinces.

The plan includes the creation of opportunities and competitiveness of rural workers, as well as establishing units to process pineapples in Muxungué, wood in Gorongosa, tomato in Tica (Sofala) and banana in Macate (Manica), to prevent crops from rotting due to a lack of systems to preserve them.

The funding will be provided as subsidised loans to rural workers, micro small and medium-sized companies in order to drive commercial agriculture, and will also be used to increase supervision of forestry resources to prevent illegal logging. (macauhub)