The governments of Mozambique and Japan Monday in Maputo signed an agreement for Mozambique to receive a donation of rice worth 360 million yen (US$4.5 million) in the first quarter of 2013.
The aid from Japan will cover Mozambique’s rice production deficit of 344,000 tons per year. Domestic consumption in Mozambique is estimated at 534,000 tons and production at 190,000 tons.
The provinces of Maputo and Gaza in the south of the country, Zambézia in central Mozambique, and Cabo Delgado in the north, are the country’s biggest rice producing areas.
The document was signed by the permanent secretary of Mozambique’s Ministry for Industry and Trade, Cerina Mussá, and by the representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Kenjo Kashiwake. (macauhub)