Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Sept – The Mozambican minister for agriculture, José Pacheco, has restated that the only interest Brazil has in land in Mozambique is to sell its agricultural technology, namely its equipment and know how.
Pacheco told Macauhub in Maputo that there were Brazilian businessmen interested in investing in agri-industry in northern Mozambique.
The minister once again gave assurances that, “in Mozambique there is no land for sale, the land is owned by the State,” and thus put an end to speculation generated by news in the Brazilian press according to which Mozambique would sell land 6 million hectares of land to Brazilian farmers.
The Mozambican government recently said it would lease land to parties interested in farming, regardless of their nationality.
Mozambique, Brazil and Japão have been undertaking a programme for the development of the Nacala Corridor in Nampula province in northern Mozambique known as Prosavana and so far US$23 million has been spent on studies.
The minister also said that the aim of attracting new technologies and the knowledge of foreign specialists was to transform subsistence agriculture into industrial agriculture.
“We plan to increase not only agricultural production but also to diversify activities particularly those of livestock, aviculture and pisciculture,” he said. (macauhub)