Mozambique may start producing fertilizer from natural gas as of mid 2014 or the beginning of 2015 as part of an initiative of the Agriculture Ministry in partnership with some countries in Southern Africa interested in the project, said the national director for Agrarian Services, Mahomed Valá.
On the sidelines of the 6th agricultural sector meeting held a few days ago in Gorongosa, Valá told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the fertilizer factory would likely be built in Inhambane, given that the province has an abundance of natural gas produced at the Pande and Temane fields, which are explored by South African petrochemical group Sasol.
Valá said that one of the sector’s focuses was to make the most of the country’s potential to ensure improved agricultural production and productivity and thus, the National Fertilizer Programme, outlines, amongst other things, use of the natural gas available in the country, starting with Inhambane.
“We need a fertilizer industry in the country and between 2014 and 2015 Mozambique will have a factory and we will produce fertilizers from the available gas,” he said adding that the final product would be sold in neighbouring countries, particularly landlocked countries with poor soil. (macauhub)