Chinese company to invest in rice production in Mozambique

13 December 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Dec – A Chinese company plans to invest US$120 million in rice production in the Chicumbane agricultural basin, in the Mozambican province of Gaza, daily newspaper Notícias reported Monday.

The newspaper, which did not name the Chinese company, cited the administrator of Xai-Xai district, Ricardo Nhacoongue, as saying that the investment was part of existing agreements between the Mozambican government and china, within the framework of food production.

The Chicumbane area has around 10,000 hectares of land available for agriculture and has potential not only for rice production but also maize and wheat.

Surveying work by Chinese technicians is now underway in Chicumbane.

The work by the Chinese team, Nhacoongue said, involves building access road to the irrigable perimeter and digging drainage ditches, along with other work.

A group of Chinese companies is working on the irrigated area of Ponela, in Gaza province, covering an area of 2,000 hectares, where it has a yield of 10 tons of rice per hectare as compared to just four tons previously. (macauhub)