Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Jan – Rice production in Mozambique now covers 60 percent of the country’s domestic needs due to a Plan of Action for Food Production (PAPA), introduced in 2008, Mozambique’s Agriculture Minister said.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, José Pacheco noted that in April, 2011 the government had estimated rice consumption in the country at 486,000 tons, with a national production deficit of around 260,000 tons.
The minister also said that Mozambique had achieved self-sufficiency in terms of maize and now exports the crop to countries such as Kenya and Malawi and also produces enough cassava to meet domestic needs, as well as exporting to markets such as neighbouring Swaziland.
Pacheco also mentioned the industrial use of national cassava production, specifically for manufacturing beer at the beer making unit in Nampula province.
According to the minister, 2011 was a transitional year for the agricultural sector, which was particularly affected by the end of the food production programme and the launch of the Strategic Plan for Development of the Agricultural Sector (PEDSA). (macauhub)