Rice production in lower Limpopo irrigation area, in Mozambique, due to begin in November

23 August 2012

Rice production in the Limpopo irrigation area, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, in the south of the country, is due to begin next November and construction of three pumping stations is underway, the chairman of the irrigation area management company told Macauhub.

Armando Ausivane said that construction of the three pumping stations was due to be finished in October, to ensure that production can begin the following month.

The grain production project (rice, maize, and wheat) covers an area of over 20,000 hectares, which will be developed in three stages, over three years. In each of the first two years 7,000 hectares will be developed and then 6,000 hectares in the third year.

According to Ausivane in November just 2,000 to 3,000 hectares of land will be worked, of the total 7,000 earmarked for rice production in the first phase.

The three pumping stations are intended to irrigate the 7,000 hectares in the first phase of the project, and construction of more stations is projected to irrigate the areas that will begin to be worked in the second and third phases.

Ausivane also said that introduction of new technologies, following an agreement signed by the Mozambican province of Gaza and the Chinese province of Hubei, would increase the yield per hectare to between 8 and 10 tons. (macauhub)