Turkish businesspeople invest in agricultural production in Mozambique

8 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – Turkish businesspeople have invested US$600,000 in the Chibuto district of Mozambique’s Gaza province, to produce a variety of crops including sesame, tomato and pomegranate Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reporting citing a Mozambican agronomy student working at the company.

Inrareque Khalau, a Mozambican agronomy student in Turkey, is currently doing an internship in Mozambique said, on behalf of Turquesa, Ltd. that the company planned, as well as commercial production, to transfer production technologies and promote jobs in that region of Mozambique.

“This is still in an experimental phase, but the preliminary results are satisfactory, as tomato and other products produced here are of high quality and average yield is 1.5 tons per hectare,” Khalau said.

Notícias reported that, as well as the crops already planted, the company planned soon to expand its business to maize, one of the main food sources for the Chibuto population.

After significant floods at the beginning of the year, which destroyed large tracts of agricultural areas, the company acquired equipment to boost its production, specifically a tractor, two harvesters and a leveller.

Turquesa, according to Khalau, plans to increase its equipment by buying a machine to open up irrigation channels, an automatic leveller and a trailer, all of which will be imported from Turkey.

The company employs 27 workers, of which two are foreigners and the remainder Mozambican. (macauhub)