Mozambican government plans to increase area of Matutuine rice project

20 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Sept – The government of Mozambique plans to increase the area of the rice production project carried out by a Libyan-Mozambican consortium in the district of Matutuine, in Maputo province, said Mozambique’s Agriculture Minister, José Pacheco.

“We are working on increasing the production area and, as soon as some legal aspects are overcome, the consortium will have the additional land it needs to carry out the project more quickly,” said the minister.

The Matutuine rice project currently covers an area for seed production but aims to have more land to start production on a large scale.

The project known as Bela Vista Rice and is an investment of US$30 million, US$10 million of which will be applied to building a rice processing factory.

Execution of the project is expected t take five years and in an initial phase 9,000 hectares are planned for rice, and an annual crop of 40,000 tons of rice is expected.

Mozambique, which has a deficit of more than half the rice it consumes, has numerous potential locations for producing the grain, mainly along the irrigation areas in Matutuine, Chókwè, Nguri, and Nicoadala. (macauhub)