The African Development Bank (ADB) plans to provide the Mozambican government with funding of US$44 million to invest in the Rehabilitation Project for the Lower Limpopo Irrigation System, in the Xai-Xai district of Gaza province.
According to daily newspaper Notícias the credit agreement is due to be signed Thursday in Maputo by the Minister for Planning and Development of Mozambique, Aiuba Cuereneia and the ADB representative in Mozambique, Joseph Ribeiro.
The loan is financed by the African Development Fund (ADF) in order to drive the Agricultural Strategic Development Plan (PEDSA) of the Agriculture Ministry, which will refurbish 3,050 hectares of the irrigated perimeter of the Lower Limpopo. The project is expected to benefit 8,200 rural families and farmers.
The funds will also provide the Gaza government with the financial resources it needs to refurbish the drainage system, including the sluice gates on drainage ditches in Umbapi and Ponela.
The African Development Bank is one of Mozambique’s largest African development partners and has funded a number of programmes in the country including bridges, roads, power, water and sanitation, health and education projects. (macauhub)