Mozambique to continue attracting public and private investment for agriculture, says President Guebuza

25 August 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Aug – Mozamique’s government will continue mobilising public and private investment, both national and foreign, to improve land use in the country, President Armando Guebuza said in Maputo.

“Land is one of Mozambique’s main resources and it should be primarily placed at the service of the people. So to ensure that it better helps improve people’s lives the government will continue mobilising small, medium and large size public and private investment, national and foreign,” Guebuza said.

He reiterated the commitment to make every effort to increase the number of citizens exploiting the land and for their participation to be more productive.

President Guebuza made his comments at a time when international investors are showing increased interest in Mozambique, leading to a greater demand for land.

Agriculture Ministry figures show that 15,272 land allocation requests were authorised in the 2005-2010 period, involving an area of nearly 2.5 million hectares.

Most of the land allocation requests concern operations in the agricultural, tourism, forestry, industrial or livestock sectors, among others. (macauhub