Sofala province in Mozambique has 500,000 hectares of land available for large investments

23 March 2012

Sofala province in central Mozambique has over 500,000 hectares of land available to receive large investments, according to an agri-geological survey published in the city of Beira by the Rural Consult consortium and the Agriculture Ministry.

The available area in fact totals 525,000 hectares in the districts of Búzi, Chemba, Chibabava and Dondo, places where, according to the survey there are potential conditions for forestry plantations, agriculture and livestock.

The survey showed that crops such as maize, rice, sugar cane, and jatropha can be grown as well as the area being apt for goat and cow breeding.

The representative of the Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI) in Sofala province, Américo Bento, Thursday told Macauhub in Maputo that as well as that potential, Sofala also had a 300-kilometre coastline.

At the moment investments in Sofala province are focused on the sugar, aquaculture, fishing, land transport, sea transport, and services sectors.

Last year three large investments in the cement sector were approved, and the results of the environmental impact studies for these are now awaited.

The projects are the China Mozambique Cement Plant, based in Cheringoma, worth an estimated US$98 million, the Behold Cement Factory, the cost of which has not be announced, and Cimentos da Beira, which is expected to cost US$17.5 million. (macauhub)