Agricultural association in Mozambique plans to raise US$30 million

29 May 2012

Cofamosa, an agricultural association covering Mozambique and South Africa, plans to raise US$30 million to build a water transport system from the Corumana dam to the Moamba district in Maputo province, the president of the association said Monday.

Enoque Ngomane said that the water transport system was intended to irrigate 10,000 hectares of land in the district and that another 2.6 million meticals were needed to build the irrigation system, as well as the involvement of the central government to support the participation of local communities in sugar cane product in an area of 5,000 hectares.

The Corumana dam was built on the Sabié River – a tributary of the Incomati River – in the 1950s and is capable of irrigating 36,000 hectares of land, but when it is operating at full capacity it will need more water from the Moamba Major dam to ensure that the Incomati river will have enough water to supply other consumers.

“This initiative is part of applying the principles of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for food production,” Ngomane said speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM, at the Sabié administrative post.

According to Ngomane, around 1.2 million euros have so far been donated by the African Development Bank (ADB) to carry out environmental feasibility, population transfer, and engineering studies for this programme, which have already been finished.

The initiative ahs a total of 250 members, of which 150 are Mozambican and 100 are South African. (macauhub)