Italy funds agricultural activities in Mozambique

8 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Nov – Italy has provided funding of 16 million euros to encourage agriculture in the neighbouring Mozambican provinces of Manica and Sofala, as part of an agreement signed with Mozambique, according to daily state newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper added that of that figure, 500,000 euros of the 13 million euros under Mozambican management had been applied to acquisition and distribution of two new passenger vehicles for each district included in the project and one for the Provincial Forestry and Wildlife Services, as part of the Programme to Support Rural Development (Padre).

Whilst handing over the nine vehicles to Sofala province, governor Carvalho Muária said that technical assistance to agricultural operators in the family sector would be increasingly dynamic and that the “noose would be tightened” on wildlife smugglers and illegal loggers.

The programme, which has a lifetime of three years, started with the construction and/or refurbishment facilities of the District Services for Economic Activities, Planning and Infrastructure in the eight districts of the provinces of Manica and Sofala, as well as the forestry and wildlife inspection buildings. (macauhub)